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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 »
QuotesJack Shaw: [after Annibal protests his treatment and training] Acting like a tight-ass Navy brass is exactly what will get you killed.
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ConnectionsReferences Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) See more »
SoundtracksThe Most Wonderful Time of the Year
Performed by Andy Williams
Written by George Wyle and Eddie Pola
Courtesy of Barnaby Records Inc.
By Arrangement with Celebrity Licensing Inc.
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In this drama, a naval officer named Annibal Ramirez (Aidan Quinn) is vacationing in Israel when he's arrested and questioned by Israeli agents, led by Amos (Ben Kingsley). Unknown to Annibal, he bears a striking resemblance to Carlos Sanchez (also played by Aidan Quinn), a famous and feared international terrorist wanted in several nations. Jack Shaw (Donald Sutherland) is a CIA operative who witnessed one of Sanchez's most brutal attacks in the 1970s and is obsessed with bringing him to justice. Shaw persuades Ramirez to join his team and to pose as Sanchez, convincing the nations who work with him that he's an unreliable traitor. While this would give Ramirez a chance to serve his country, it would also take him away from his wife Maura (Claudia Ferri) and his children, not to mention putting his life in grave danger. Carlos Sanchez was the name of an infamous terrorist (also known as "The Jackal") who was active in the 1970s and 1980s; while the "Carlos Sanchez" character is based on his fearsome exploits, the rest of the story is fiction.