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The Assignment (1997)

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An American naval officer is recruited for an operation to eliminate his lookalike, the infamous terrorist Carlos The Jackal.

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Christian Duguay
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Aidan Quinn ... Lt. Cmdr. Annibal Ramirez / Carlos
Donald Sutherland ... Jack Shaw / Henry Fields
Ben Kingsley ... Amos
Claudia Ferri ... Maura Ramirez
Céline Bonnier ... Carla
Vlasta Vrana ... KGB Head Officer
Liliana Komorowska ... Agnieska
Von Flores ... Koj
Al Waxman ... Carl Mickens - CIA
Mitchell David Rothpan Mitchell David Rothpan ... Joey Ramirez
Gregory Hlady ... KGB Aide
Gabriel Marian Oseciuc Gabriel Marian Oseciuc ... KGB Agent
Frédéric Desager Frédéric Desager ... KGB Agent
Kliment Denchev Kliment Denchev ... KGB Technician
Yonathan Gordon Yonathan Gordon ... Yoni
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Storyline

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

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Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Canada

Language:

English | French | Spanish

Release Date:

26 September 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jackal See more »

Filming Locations:

Acre, Israel See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$117,608, 28 September 1997

Gross USA:

$332,597

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$332,597
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Runtime:

(Ontario)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Based upon a true story. See more »

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After the scene at Heathrow Airport, Jack and Annibal are supposedly driving through London in a Jaguar with a London bus in the background but an American style fire hydrant is clearly visible. See more »

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Carla: The thing about Carlos is, he doesn't lose himself with a woman. A lover is not different to him. He might have a use for them, so he has to seduce them properly, make sure they're so crazy about him that they'll do anything for him. It's not pleasure, it's a sick kind of conquest. He'll do anything, he is the perfect lover. He'll do it all, not to please you, but to excite you, to make it dangerous for you. It's very sexy, to a woman that danger, like he could kill you in a second but instead ...
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Slick, tidy, and well-made old school version of a great international thriller.
4 February 2002 | by mhasheiderSee all my reviews

Slick, tidy, and well-made old school version of how a great international thriller should be made. Determined to nail a feared global terrorist who is known as "Carlos the Jackal", Jack Shaw (Donald Sutherland, "Without Limits", "Space Cowboys"), a CIA operative and his Israeli counterpart, Amos (Ben Kingsley, "Gandhi", "Sexy Beast") get a noble Naval officer, Annibal Ramirez (Aidan Quinn, "Music of the Heart"), to become Carlos and use him in a daring plot to get the KGB to kill the real Carlos, because he took an offer from the CIA. Sutherland and Kingsley are both good here, but the movie really belongs to Quinn here, who embodies himself here (in a dual role). Director Christian Duguay and cinematographer David Franco provide another great asset of the film here with Hitchcockian-like suspense and great sights of the world.


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