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1986. In his civilian clothes while on shore leave in Jerusalem, Lieutenant Commander Annibal Ramirez of the US Navy is captured and interrogated by who he eventually learns is Mossad in a case of mistaken identity. Because of the resemblance, they believed him to be Carlos the Jackal, one of if not the most wanted and dangerous terrorist in the world. Shortly following, Henry Fields, using the alias Jack Shaw, he the Paris deputy chief of CIA counter-terrorism whose primary mission for at least the past ten years has been to get rid of Carlos in any way possible, tries to recruit Ramirez to work on a covert CIA-Mossad operation to stop Carlos' terrorist activities with the ultimate goal of Carlos' capture or death. The plan is for Ramirez to impersonate Carlos, in the process discrediting Carlos in the eyes of his current KGB backers, and thus effectively ending his career as a terrorist, with nowhere he can longer hide. After an initial reluctance on Ramirez's part, Shaw is able to ... Written by Huggo
Plot Keywords:espionage|naval officer|terrorist|two word title|roof chase| See All (97) »
Genres:Action | Crime | Thriller
Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)Rated R for strong violence, sexuality and language| See all certifications »
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Release Date:26 September 1997 (USA) See more »
Also Known As:Jackal See more »
Filming Locations:Acre, IsraelSee more »
Opening Weekend USA:$117,608, 28 September 1997, Limited Release
Gross USA:$540,063, 19 October 1997See more on IMDbPro »
Production Co:Triumph Films, Allegro Films, Allegro Film Productions VSee more »
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Sound Mix:Dolby Digital|SDDS
Aspect Ratio:1.85 : 1 See full technical specs »
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TriviaBased upon a true story. See more »
GoofsWhen Amos and Annibal Ramirez are talking in the street for a brief moment the shadow of the camera is visible on Amos's shirt. See more »
QuotesAnnibal Ramirez: I nearly killed some little kid's father today. I don't know about anything anymore.
Jack Shaw: He was a baseball dad! He deserved it!
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ConnectionsFeatured in Siskel & Ebert: The Peacemaker/Soul Food/The Edge/The Ice Storm/The Assignment (1997) See more »
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It's the birthday of the avant-garde composer Igor Stravinsky (1882), born in Oranienbaum, near St. Petersburg, Russia. His first major success as a composer was a ballet based on a Russian folk tale, called The Firebird (1909). It was wildly popular, and he traveled all over Europe to conduct it. He then got an idea for a ballet about a pagan ritual in which a virgin would be sacrificed to the gods of spring by dancing herself to death. Stravinsky composed the piece on a piano in a rented cottage, and a boy working outside his window kept shouting up at him that the chords were all wrong. When Stravinsky played part of the piece for director of the theater where it would be performed, the director asked, "How much longer will it go on like that?" Stravinsky replied, "To the end, my dear." He titled the piece The Rite of Spring. At its premiere in 1913 in Paris, the audience broke out into a riot when the music and dancing turned harsh and dissonant. The police came to calm the chaos, and Stravinsky left his seat in disgust, but the performance continued for 33 minutes and he became one of the most famous composers in the world.
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