''The Jackal'' is a 1997 suspense film starring Creator/BruceWillis, Creator/RichardGere, Creator/DianeVenora and Creator/SidneyPoitier. It was directed by Michael Caton-Jones. While its title is similar to the 1973 film ''Literature/TheDayOfTheJackal'', it shares only the main story point of an anonymous assassin and some general plot elements.

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, 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 (who was present at the Moscow shooting) and Major Valentina Koslova of the Russian milita (who pulled the trigger in that shooting) enlist the reluctant services of Declan Mulqueen, an imprisoned IRA sniper, to track the Jackal down, for Declan is the only other person who can positively identify the Jackal.

!!''The Jackal'' contains examples of:

* ActionGirl: Major Koslova and Isabella Zanconia.
* AmbiguouslyGay: The Jackal doesn't seem to have any problems at all going into gay bars and seducing men. While this could have just been playacting, he's exceptionally casual about it with his target, implying he might have actually been intending to go along with it for awhile until the news broadcast stepped things up.
* AntagonistTitle
* TheAtoner: Declan Mulqueen
* [[{{UsefulNotes/Baltimore}} Baltimore Doubling]]: Washington DC's subway operator 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''.)
* {{BFG}}: The Polish ZSU-33 14.5mm. It's fictional and most likely based on the [=M2HB=] or the Russian KPV.
** The Internet Movie Firearms Database lists it as an [=M2HB=] mocked up as a KPV.
* BlackBlood: [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by the Jackal after [[spoiler:he shoots Koslova through the liver]].
* BlackmailBackfire: Lamont tries to swindle more money out of The Jackal after he completes the radio-controlled support. Lamont guesses correctly that the support will be used for a {{BFG}} of some kind, The Jackal is mighty intimidating (and not hard to guess is a killer for hire), and the Jackal asks Lamont for a well-aislated location to test said gun and for him to come along. [[TooDumbToLive What follows]] [[MultipleGunshotDeath is by no means surprising]].
* BoxedCrook: Declan Malqueen.
* BuryYourGays: The DC bureaucrat that Jackal had 'befriended' at the gay bar.
* CatchPhrase: "Half now, half on delivery."
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: They never find out the real name of the Jackal.
* IdiotBall: The Jackal [[spoiler:kills Lamont because he was trying to blackmail him into giving him more money for the plans for the mount of his BFG, but afterwards he just leaves behind the plans and Lamont's corpse for everyone to find.]]
* InformedAbility: The Jackal is supposed to be the best assassin in the world, but for some reason the good guys still have no problem following his every step. To be fair, how they catch up with his every step borders on telepathy, but using the weapon you plan to use for your assassination to rip a small time gunsmith to shreds still isn't very intelligent, even if he is trying to blackmail you. There must be at least a thousand ways to make him disappear without anyone getting suspicious.
** 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.
* InNameOnly: To ''Literature/TheDayOfTheJackal''.
* KarmaHoudini: Murad hires the Jackal to kill the target, and then is never seen again.
* {{Lzherusskie}}: Diane Venora as Major Koslova
* MasterOfDisguise: Jackal.
* MercyLead: See SteppingOutForAQuickCupOfCoffee below.
* MultipleGunshotDeath: Lamont (and a car) are taken out by a massive barrage from the radio-controlled {{BFG}}.
* OneLastJob: Justified, as his contracted target is so high-profile, the Jackal literally has no choice but to ask Murad for a big enough payday to lay low for the rest of his life.
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: A particularly gruesome example. Sometimes Richard Gere sounds Irish, and sometimes he doesn't.
* ProfessionalKiller: Jackal
* ShootTheFuelTank: Averted. They shoot at the tank to make it leak gasoline, wait a couple of seconds for a sizable puddle to form, then they shoot at the ground to cause the spark that would make the minivan explode.
* SteppingOutForAQuickCupOfCoffee: [[spoiler: This is how Declan walks away a free man after the government denies him an early release and gives him minimum-security instead.]]
* TooDumbToLive: So you've decided to blackmail the obviously wealthy and dangerous criminal that's hired you to build a base for his huge gun. He says he'll bring the money to a remote location where there's no one around to hear him test his giant gun. ... Sounds like fun!
* WhatTheHellIsThatAccent: Richard Gere's Irish accent is diabolically awful to say the least.
* WilliamTelling: The Jackal tries out one of his new guns by having his "buddy" hold out a pack of cigarettes. He ends up blowing off a good chunk of the poor guy's arm.
** He told him the aim was off.
* YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters: Declan and Isabella see their acts in the IRA and the ETA as justified acts of resistance, where as the FBI and most people see them as terrorists targetting innocents. Declan even defends himself by saying he was a sharpshooter and only targetted soldiers as opposed to the more notorious bombings done by the IRA.