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  • Actors: Bruce Willis, Richard Gere, Sidney Poitier, Diane Venora, Mathilda May
  • Directors: Michael Caton-Jones
  • Writers: Chuck Pfarrer, Kenneth Ross
  • Producers: Gary Levinsohn, Hal Lieberman, James Jacks, Kevin Jarre, Mark Gordon
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, Russian
  • Subtitles: English, Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Greek, Finnish, Hungarian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish, Turkish
  • Dubbed: Italian, Spanish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Sept. 2001
  • Run Time: 119 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005KFV8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,215 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The Jackal (Bruce Willis) is an assassin with a thousand faces, and his latest prey is a top US government official. In an attempt to prevent the killing, the FBI's Deputy Director (Sidney Poitier) sets a thief to catch a thief, releasing imprisoned underground operative Declan Mulqueen (Richard Gere) to bring the Jackal to book.

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The Jackal is filmmaking by numbers: take two huge stars, Richard Gere and Bruce Willis, and pit them opposite each other in a plot that's already been audience tested. That director Michael Caton Jones' film is based not on Frederick Forsyth's novel but on the script for the 1973 original starring James Fox is the first clue that something here is amiss. Fred Zinneman's The Day of the Jackal was a genuinely taut and claustrophobic thriller; the remake is like a Rocky & Bullwinkle take on international terrorism disguised as an action movie. Dashing IRA terrorist, Declan Mulqueen (Richard Gere), is sprung from jail to help the FBI Deputy Director Carton Preston (Sidney Poitier) track down The Jackal, an amoral international terrorist who is a master of disguise. The FBI believes he is about to assassinate a US political bigwig and is engaged in a race against time to discover exactly who the target is and where they will be felled. Throughout the film Gere sports an Irish accent as ill-fitting and phoney as the bushy lip-wig that Willis adopts at one point as a disguise. The usually warm-hearted Willis plays the steel-jawed terrorist with a cool reserve, but he doesn't have much character development to work with (apart from a misguided attempt to introduce a gay subtext). At over two hours of running time with plenty of exposition and precious few action sequences, this film is a test of will for the audience as well as the protagonists.

On the DVD: The DVD includes a lengthy "making of" featurette, several deleted scenes and an alternate ending with some small dialogue changes. There is also an exceedingly dry director's commentary by Michael Caton Jones which muses on such mind-numbingly dull details as the colour of the subway platform in the film's climactic sequence. The film is presented in a clear print in 2.35:1 anamorphic format with 5.1 Dolby Digital sound. --Chris Campion

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3.9 out of 5 stars

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Timelord-007 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 15 Oct. 2014
Format: DVD
The Jackal (DVD).

DVD Info.
Format: PAL
Language: English, Russian
Subtitles: English, Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Greek, Finnish, Hungarian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish, Turkish
Dubbed: Italian, Spanish
Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: None
Audio Description: None
Region: 2
Ratio: 16.9/2.35:1
Audio: 5.1 Dolby Digital
Number of discs: 1
Classification: 18
Studio: Universal Pictures Video
Running Time: 119 minutes

Special Features.
Commentary by director Michael Caton Jones
Making of featurette
Deleted scenes
Alternative Ending

Cast.
Bruce Willis as The Jackal
Richard Gere as Declan Joseph Mulqueen
Sidney Poitier as FBI Deputy Director Carter Preston
Diane Venora as Major Valentina Koslova, MVD
Mathilda May as Isabella Zanconia
J. K. Simmons as FBI Agent Timothy I. Witherspoon
Richard Lineback as FBI Agent McMurphy
John Cunningham as FBI Director Donald Brown
Jack Black as Ian Lamont
Tess Harper as First Lady Emily Cowan
Leslie Phillips as Woolburton
Stephen Spinella as Douglas
Sophie Okonedo as Jamaican Girl
David Hayman as Terek Murad
Steve Bassett as George Decker
Yuri Stepanov as Viktor Politovsky
Walt MacPherson as Dennehey
Maggie Castle as 13 Year Old Girl
Daniel Dae Kim as Akashi
Michael Caton-Jones as Man in Video
Peter Sullivan as Vasilov
Richard Cubison as General Belinko
Serge Houde as Beaufres
Ewan Bailey as Prison Guard
Jonathan Aris as Alexander Radzinski
Edward Fine as Bill Smith
Larry King as Himself

Budget: $60 million
Box office: $159 million

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. J. Mcgregor on 15 Sept. 2008
Format: DVD
I can only assume that the central character in this film is called "The Jackal" in order to reel in a few more unsuspecting punters who might think that it had the subtleties and tension of "The Day Of The Jackal"!

We have a professional hit-man hired to assassinate someone ... and that's about as far as the similarities go. Different country, different target, different methods, different reason, different expert helper, different ending. You may as well claim that "Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace" was a remake of Ben Hur because it contained a high-tech "chariot" race!

So, let's not make comparisons!

It would appear that someone decided that the only way to make this film exciting was to find the biggest, baddest gun available, and build the rest of the script around that. Bad move, as everything then became unbelievably contrived. The HUGE cannon is shipped to Canada rather than The States where it's going to be used (why?) and then has to be taken across The Great Lakes in a boat which is "hidden" in a scheduled regatta. The goodies figure this out, but ...
(a) fail to spot the one person sailing single-handedly (bit of a clue there boys! You know ... the LONE assassin! What were you actually looking for ... a boat with a lumping great gun strapped to the deck and a bloke wearing an "I am The Jackal" tee-shirt?)
(b) only looked at boats registered in Canada ... as surely the baddie wouldn't change the name on the boat! (Hello! Anyone in there???)
(c) took so long to get to the regatta themselves that The Jackal had already unloaded his HUGE cannon, carried it all the way down a narrow pontoon, and loaded it into his mini van ...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Philip on 30 July 2013
Format: DVD
So the reviews on here are 2:1 in favour, which I think is fair.

I know and love the original 'Day of the Jackal'. Nothing can compete with or imitate that. However this is an enjoyable thrilleer on its own merits.

I'm not a 'nitpicker'. If I enjoy it I enjoy it despite errors, mistakes goofs etc. I don't notice these or look for them. I'm not intent ion writing a post-mortem on every film I watch with forensic accuracy. I feel sorry for those who feel the need to do this.

I enjoyed Richard Gere. I've heard a lot worse Irish accents. I think some people just have it in for him. I enjoyed his portrayal of an ex-IRA terrorist. But then I like him from Officer and a Gentleman and Pretty Woman.

Bruce Willis; my only criticism. Not the best choice for an assasin. They should have got someone with more natural hidden reserve and menace. Bruce Willis always looks like he's about to smile and wise-crack. He's a 'nice guy', not assassin material. He just can't look mean enough or 'ice-blood in his veins'.

As for everything else it was a decent effort. So 4 stars. And I came away smiling...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ben Bottle on 29 July 2013
Format: Blu-ray
But . . . why oh why, oh why do people KEEP comparing this to "Day Of The Jackal" - there should be no comparisons.
It is a good thriller with some pretty fair performances from Willis, Gere and Poitier, amongst others.
For some reason this film has been subject to a lot of unfair criticism.
It is not GREAT!! But it is good. Willis is a cool, evil and relentless assassin with Gere, the errant but strangely appealing terrorist anticipating his every move, supported by slightly flawed FBI agent - Poitier.
I could not give it five stars but 3.5/4 is not unreasonable.
I repeat - it is NOT "Day Of The Jackal" which is a darn good film!!
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