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The Assignment [DVD] (1997)

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  • Actors: Aidan Quinn, Donald Sutherland, Ben Kingsley, Claudia Ferri, Céline Bonnier
  • Directors: Christian Duguay
  • Writers: Dan Gordon, Sabi H. Shabtai
  • Producers: David Saunders, Franco Battista, Joseph Newton Cohen, Josée Bernard, Stefan Wodoslawsky
  • Format: PAL, Widescreen, Dolby, Digital Sound, Surround Sound
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Icelandic, Hindi, Hebrew, German
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Aug. 2005
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CYB0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,388 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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American naval officer Annibal Ramirez (Aidan Quinn) bears an uncanny resemblance to the infamous terrorist Carlos 'The Jackal'. CIA spy Jack Shaw (Donald Sutherland) and his Israeli counterpart Amos (Ben Kingsley) hatch a plan to lure Carlos into a trap, using his doppelganger as bait. However, Annibal must first adopt The Jackal's ruthless disposition, a transformation that risks robbing him of his humanity.

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The intense thriller The Assignment is a work of fiction with a factual basis. Aidan Quinn stars as Annibal Ramirez, an American naval officer with a striking resemblance to real-life international terrorist Carlos "the Jackal" Sanchez, the scourge of innocent people all over the world in the 1970s and 80s. Mistaken for Sanchez by the Israeli Mossad, Ramirez is arrested but subsequently recruited by the Mossad and the CIA to pose as Sanchez and set him up as a traitor to his underwriters. Ramirez leaves his family, receives training in all aspects of Sanchez's life, and is pulled into the netherworld of terrorism and espionage. Director Christian Duguay (Screamers) wisely emphasises character growth over obligatory action, drawing compelling portraits of an American intelligence official (Donald Sutherland) preoccupied with Sanchez; his Israeli counterpart (Ben Kingsley) and Ramirez himself, a man whose identity has merged with a monster's. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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One of the best thrillers you have never heard of. Strong roles for Kingsley, Sutherland and Quinn who all do an excellent job.

This is an extremely well put together and well written thriller. It is based around the recruitment of a lookalike for Carlos the Jackal, and the attempt to use him to kill the original terrorist. There are high production values, consistently believable acting, and although the plots is at times far fetched, it remains engaging, believable and convincing.

In common with the best thrillers there is as much psychology as there is acting, it never becomes over anguished, but these feel like people making real choices, that will have real and costly impacts for them.

There are some memorable action sequences, although at times brutal, it is a grown up and satisfying film. In the context of a quality film I don't think the violence and language are inappropriate. Classed as an 18, there is some sex and sexual references that are unsuitable for children.

This is one of those films that feels long, not because it is dull, but because it takes you on a real journey with characters that you care about.
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I have had this film a long time and I have to say it is one of the best films I've ever come across in years...(hopefully I don't give too much away)... a young navy (I want to say Captain or Commander... but can't remember at the moment) bares a striking resemblance to a terrorist that has taken to blowing up buildings (with people in them).... and to say the least is a bit of a fruitcake...driven by childhood issues...

Anyway because this poor sod looks so much like this terrorist (mainly because its the same actor playing him), the CIA take it upon themselves to use him to trap the terrorist they have been trying to get for about 20 odd years... (which kind of makes you understand why no one seems to have anything good to say about the CIA - never seen a film putting them in a positive light!)..

Anyway, this navy lad has his own young family and is a little wierded out by having to leave them in the dark while he goes undercover....the CIA takes him in the middle of nowhere to train him - sticking him in prison, feeding him gruel and basically taking pot shots at him, not only with guns but also giving him hallucinogenic drugs to test him out. They even get the real terrorist's sometime girlfriend to help out by getting him to do the deed in the persona of the real terrorist - which takes a nice gentle young man into a bit of a sod really...- something that doesn't go amiss with his wife when he returns home..

I could give the ending away...but then what would be the point of you buying the film...and it is a really good film to buy - starring that handsome young man...Aiden Quinn...(from Desperately Seeking Susan), and Donald Sutherland as the CIA chappie...from well practically everything...
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In spite of the deserved success of the Bourne movies, they regretfully do not reflect the plot line contained in the books. Fortunately 'The Assignment' fills this void well. Fine attention to detail and good action sequences serve to draw the viewer in to this satisfying if underrated film. Sutherland, Kingsley and Quinn are all effective in their individual roles and provide a dark realism that comes close to doing justice to Ludlums 'The Bourne Identity'.
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Luckily, it's not just the blockbusters getting the DVD treatment. This stands head-and-shoulders above many films that actually made it to the cinema. Christian Duguay ('Screamers', and if I hear one more person criticising the ending of that overlooked gem...) remains anything but a household name and that's criminal, as the guy certainly knows how to make a compelling motion picture, with characterisation high on his list of priorities. The criminally underused Quinn is extremely effective in his dual role, and first-rate support is on hand throughout. Every effort has been made to ensure that this is a believable thriller (something you don't find too often); e.g. a protracted pursuit scene seems come to an end. The hours pass by and when we catch up with our hero, so do his pursuers (they didn't go off somewhere and try to figure out Plan B - they just continue to do their job in the way that we all do.)
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I really like Aiden Quinn and I think this is one of his best films. With Donald Sutherland and Ben Kingsley also starring the film is one which I could watch more than once. Aidann is very plausible as a tough guy too. The ending is a good one and not what I expected. Well done!
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Well directed movie about a Carlos the Jackal lookalike - Aidan Quinn.
All actors, excellent.
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this was absolutely brill have watched it over and over and over onr of those dvd's you can't get enough of.
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Had to return this movie, kept stopping and never got to see the ending, very dissapointing.
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