The Jackal

The Jackal

Michael Caton-Jones (1997)

18 Certificate


Our Score
Fred Zinnemann's The Day of the Jackal gets the Bruce Willis treatment here, courtesy of director Michael Caton-Jones (Rob Roy). The classic thriller about an assassin at large has been relocated to America and now comes equipped with all kinds of techno-props that add nothing at all to the original's ruthless efficiency. Willis supplants Edward Fox as the killer and, surprisingly, doesn't make too bad a job of it, despite joining Richard Gere (IRA terrorist) and Diane Venora (Russian intelligence officer) in a competition for the "Meryl Streep Most Authentic Foreign Accent" award.


An assassin whose identity is shrouded in mystery is hired by a Russian crime syndicate to kill the director of the FBI. As the American and Russian authorities join forces to stop him, they are forced to turn to the only man able to identify the hitman - an imprisoned IRA terrorist, who offers his help in return for his freedom. Thriller, starring Bruce Willis, Richard Gere and Sidney Poitier.

Cast & Crew

The Jackal Bruce Willis
Declan Mulqueen Richard Gere
FBI Deputy Director Carter Preston Sidney Poitier
Isabella Mathilda May
Maj Valentina Koslova Diane Venora
The First Lady Tess Harper
Witherspoon JK Simmons
Douglas Stephen Spinella
McMurphy Richard Lineback
Donald Brown John Cunningham
Ian Lamont Jack Black
Woolburton Leslie Phillips
Director Michael Caton-Jones
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: U.I.P. (UK)Guidance: Violence, swearing.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray