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"The Jackal"

In 1973 Fred Zinnemann's screenplay, "The Day of the Jackal", was a movie so expertly crafted that you marveled at its incredible target, Charles De Gaulle. It was an unforgettable piece of movie business. Now we have Bruce Willis gunning Sidney Poitier as the head of the FBI, with Richard Gere as IRA sharpshooter, who is sprung out of prison to help hunt the jackal.

That Michael Caton-Jones, the director of this new thriller, using the word loosely has opted to recreate and add characters to Frederick Forsyth's book "The Day of the Jackal" is no credit to him. After all I am recalling his beautiful film "Rob Roy" which I thought was better than "Braveheart". But I digress.

Needless to say that the rehashing recently by Hollywood of movies that were excellently done does a disservice to the movie industry. Whatever happened to originality? Between John Travolta "Mad City" rehashed of "Ace In The Hole" and this one, we are currently inundated with remakes, with just a tat of a change here and there. I think this season Travolta and Gere are a little bit over exposed and maybe they should choose their material with greater care. For that matter I should include Bruce Willis too. There is a cheap shot in "The Jackal" about our First Lady that leaves a bad taste in our mouth; it just isn't that clever. Even with Willis's impressive disguises you can't escape the inevitable in recognizing a bad apple rotten at the core. Please Mr. Sandman, send me some oranges.

The Jackal
Universal Pictures
Produced by: James Jacks, Sean Daniel, Michael Caton-Jones, Kevin Jarre
Directed by: Michael Caton-Jones
With: Bruce Willis, Richard Gere, Sidney Poitier, Diane Venora
Executive producers: Terence Clegg, Hall Lieberman, Gary Levinsohn, Mark Gordon
Custome designer: Albert Wolsky
Music by: Carter Burwell
Film editor: Jim Clark
Production designer: Michael White
Director of photography: Karl Walter Lindenlaub
Screen story and screenplay by: Chuck Pfarrer
Rated: R
Wide release 14 November 1997
Soundtrack available on MCA records

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Original Date Saturday 15 November 1997
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