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31st Oct '16 4:14:28 AM Morgenthaler
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* [[{{UsefulNotes/Baltimore}} Baltimore Doubling]]: WMATA, the agency operating the Washington Metro, does not permit filming of movies involving violence in the subway system. The scene involving a firefight in the Metrorail was done in Montreal, but made to look like it was done in the DC system (except for the somewhat obvious, to a metro fan, differences in station architecture and rolling stock -- not the least of which is that the Montreal metro, unlike the Washington metro, ''has tires''.)



* {{Lzherusskie}}: Diane Venora as Major Koslova
31st Oct '16 4:06:58 AM Morgenthaler
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* AssassinationAttempt: The Jackal is hired by Russian mobsters to assassinate the Director of the FBI because they dealt their organization a blow in a joint operation with the FSB. [[spoiler:In fact, his real target is the First Lady of the United States.]]
17th May '16 9:56:08 AM MovieFan2000
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* TheSociopath: The Jackal kills people with no change of expression, at some point even showing sadism, and also cares very little for collateral damages. Isabella Zanconia also describes him "ice, no feeling nothing".
10th Nov '15 1:39:00 PM Morgenthaler
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** FridgeBrilliance: He's getting sloppy. Between the enormity of what he's about to do, everything going against him, and him constantly thinking "All I've got to do is get through this job and I'm done forever", he's become unhinged and isn't up to his usual standards. Notice that he starts out as the ice-cold, composed strategist he's described as, but bit by bit through the movie it chips off until he's cackling and doing things ForTheEvulz.
6th Aug '15 3:28:38 PM TwistedGrimm
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* ShooOutTheClowns: Lamont is played by none other than Creator/JackBlack (in an early role, mind you), so his character isn't particularly serious. [[spoiler: The tone darkens a bit once said character gets the most gruesome death in the movie.]]
18th Jul '15 4:25:40 PM Marin1977
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* MakeAnExampleOfThem: This, and DisproportionateRetribution, is why Murad hires The Jackal: an FBI agent (part of a joint task force-he also mentions he is getting rid of the Russian policemen himself) kills his brother in self-defense, so he wants to make sure that a message is delivered [[spoiler:by having the Jackal kill ''the First Lady of the United States'' in the [[ConspicuouslyPublicAssassination most brutal, public]] was possible]]. The only reason why the FBI catches on to this is because the Jackal decides to play CriminalMindGames by asking [[spoiler:a dying Major Koslova]] to pass a message to Mulqueen ([[spoiler:"you can't protect your women"]]) which would only make sense if the target is someone other than the one they presumed to be up to that point, which was [[spoiler:the director of the FBI]]. The fact that this latter was being protected so strongly from the moment they know about The Jackal that it was a potential SuicideMission to get to [[spoiler:him]] while [[spoiler:the First Lady was going to appear on the opening of a children's hospital]] was also a factor in figuring this out.

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* MakeAnExampleOfThem: This, and DisproportionateRetribution, is why Murad hires The Jackal: an FBI agent (part of a joint task force-he also mentions he is getting rid of the Russian policemen himself) kills his brother in self-defense, so he wants to make sure that a message is delivered [[spoiler:by having the Jackal kill ''the First Lady of the United States'' in the [[ConspicuouslyPublicAssassination most brutal, public]] was way possible]]. The only reason why the FBI catches on to this is because the Jackal decides to play CriminalMindGames by asking [[spoiler:a dying Major Koslova]] to pass a message to Mulqueen ([[spoiler:"you can't protect your women"]]) which would only make sense if the target is someone other than the one they presumed to be up to that point, which was [[spoiler:the director of the FBI]]. The fact that this latter was being protected so strongly from the moment they know about The Jackal that it was a potential SuicideMission to get to [[spoiler:him]] while [[spoiler:the First Lady was going to appear on the opening of a children's hospital]] was also a factor in figuring this out.
6th Jul '15 8:39:58 AM GMANN
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Russian mobster Terek Murad has declared open season on the Russian MVD and the FBI over the shooting of his brother in a Moscow nightclub. He hires the Jackal (Willis), a nasty assassin whom nobody has even seen, to kill the Director of the FBI. With nowhere else to turn (except a woman who used to work with the Basque separatists, who is now in the USA but whose exact whereabouts in unknown to all save Mulqueen), FBI Deputy Director Carter Preston (Poitier), who was present at the Moscow shooting, and Major Valentina Koslova (Venora)of the Russian milita (who pulled the trigger in that shooting) enlist the reluctant services of Declan Mulqueen (Gere), an imprisoned IRA sniper, to track the Jackal down, for Declan is the only other person who can positively identify the Jackal.

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Russian mobster Terek Murad has declared open season on the Russian MVD and the FBI over the shooting of his brother in a Moscow nightclub. He hires the Jackal (Willis), a nasty assassin whom nobody has even seen, to kill the Director of the FBI. With nowhere else to turn (except a woman who used to work with the Basque separatists, who is now in the USA but whose exact whereabouts in unknown to all save Mulqueen), FBI Deputy Director Carter Preston (Poitier), who was present at the Moscow shooting, and Major Valentina Koslova (Venora)of (Venora) of the Russian milita MVD (who pulled the trigger in that shooting) enlist the reluctant services of Declan Mulqueen (Gere), an imprisoned IRA sniper, to track the Jackal down, for Declan is the only other person who can positively identify the Jackal.
6th Jul '15 8:38:53 AM GMANN
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Russian mobster Terek Murad has declared open season on the Russian militia and the FBI over the shooting of his brother in a Moscow nightclub. He hires the Jackal (Willis), a nasty assassin whom nobody has even seen, to kill the Director of the FBI. With nowhere else to turn (except a woman who used to work with the Basque separatists, who is now in the USA but whose exact whereabouts in unknown to all save Mulqueen), FBI Deputy Director Carter Preston (Poitier), who was present at the Moscow shooting, and Major Valentina Koslova (Venora)of the Russian milita (who pulled the trigger in that shooting) enlist the reluctant services of Declan Mulqueen (Gere), an imprisoned IRA sniper, to track the Jackal down, for Declan is the only other person who can positively identify the Jackal.

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Russian mobster Terek Murad has declared open season on the Russian militia MVD and the FBI over the shooting of his brother in a Moscow nightclub. He hires the Jackal (Willis), a nasty assassin whom nobody has even seen, to kill the Director of the FBI. With nowhere else to turn (except a woman who used to work with the Basque separatists, who is now in the USA but whose exact whereabouts in unknown to all save Mulqueen), FBI Deputy Director Carter Preston (Poitier), who was present at the Moscow shooting, and Major Valentina Koslova (Venora)of the Russian milita (who pulled the trigger in that shooting) enlist the reluctant services of Declan Mulqueen (Gere), an imprisoned IRA sniper, to track the Jackal down, for Declan is the only other person who can positively identify the Jackal.
6th Jul '15 8:30:30 AM GMANN
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* PetTheDog: The Jackal gives a generous tip to the pregnant young black woman who forges a passport for him.
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