The Jackal

Corrected entry: When the Jackal gets the stolen Canadian passport doctored in England, the wrong form/spelling of the French word for "Canadian" (as in citizenship) is written in the passport. The doctored passport says Canadienne (extra n and e) which is the feminine form of the word, when it should read Canadien, which is the masculine form of the word.


Correction: I'm a Canadian male, and I just looked at my passport. It reads Canadienne as well. The nationality of a person is feminine, it doesn't matter what sex they are.


Corrected entry: When the Jackel is scouting out the construction site for his future shot, he holds a camera to his face and we see the big blue banner 'Grand Opening 2 Weeks' in the viewfinder. He zooms in and the big blue banner has changed to 'Gala Opening 2 Weeks'. Zooms out again, and its back to 'Grand'. (00:39:20)

Correction: This is no mistake, there are two banners, one above the main entrance and another above the notice board. They can both be seen in the shot in between the shot of the "Gala Opening in 2 weeks banner" and the shot of the notice board.

Corrected entry: When introducing himself to Isabella's husband, Richard Gere muffs his line and says something like, "Mr. Decker? I'm Decker Mulqueen." He even grins guiltily at the Russian major when he realizes what he said, but everyone covers it and goes on with the scene. Very stage-like, for a movie.

Correction: Gere hasn't messed up the line, as Isabella's husband is credited as "George Decker" in the end credits, and Gere refers to himself as "Declan Mulqueen." Also, he grins at the Russian major because he introduces her as "Major Koslova," referring to the previous scene in which Gere asks the major her first name and she replies, "Major. Major Koslova."

Corrected entry: When his minivan is white, it has the plain base-model gray plastic bumpers, but when it is red, the bumpers are the same color as the car.

Correction: He got a new Van.

Corrected entry: When Bruce Willis is doing his time run for washing the paint off the car, there is tape covering the windows. But when he finishes up the job and goes to stop the watch, the tape has been removed. (00:22:16)

Correction: The tape was blown off by the pressure washer.

Corrected entry: Richard Gere shoots the camera of the Jackal's remote controlled cannon thereby ruining his aim, but before he fired, the Jackal had the gun perfectly aimed. After he lost the picture all he had to do was press the fire button, thereby disintigrating the first lady, and get away in the fallowing riot.

Correction: A bullet striking the camera would be enough to throw off the gun's aim slightly. Given the van's distance from where the First Lady is making her speech, the Jackal would not have known whether or not he was still aimed accurately. Yes, he could have pulled the trigger anyway, but given his previously shown perfectionism, it's likely that he would have held fire unless he was certain.

Phil C.

Corrected entry: As the Jackal is checking out the tripod with the gun mounted on top, we see that the camera on top still has its lens cap on, but when we flick to the next angle that cap is missing. (00:55:30)


Correction: Those shots are not back to back. There is a 9 second gap between him taking the cover off the gun while it shows Lemont talking about it, before it shows the next angle of the gun. During this time you can hear the Jackal still moving some fabric around before he reaches down for ammo. There was about 2-3 seconds worth of time there after we see the lens cover that he could have slipped it off while Lemont was talking.

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Corrected entry: When a Marine helicopter deposits Sidney Poitier atop one of these skyscrapers, his trouser leg rides up and you can clearly see the stuntman (his back is turned to us) has a pale white leg. (01:40:10)

Correction: Sidney is fourth in queue to jump. The person with a pale leg is second on the roof, after a person in uniform.

Corrected entry: When Richard Gere is in prison, eating his meal, he drinks from a cup, but does not swallow, which shows that the cup is obviously empty.

Correction: His swallow is partially hidden by his beard, but there is definite throat expansion. Note that swallowing liquid simply doesn't expand your throat as much as swallowing solid food.

Corrected entry: When Bruce Willis is dressed up as the policeman at the end of the film, he has a significant amount of make-up to make him look paler, older and bigger. In the underground station, all this has vanished and the only thing he is seen doing is taking his wig off.

David Mercier

Correction: No make-up was applied but the wig just gives that effect.

Corrected entry: When Bruce Willis shoots the Russian Major he says "The blood's black, that means the bullet is in your liver." He then draws on her with significantly darker than usual blood. Why then, is all the blood on her clothing and chest normal coloured?

David Mercier

Correction: The blood is as dark on the shirt as is on his fingers and that is darker then what's on her face.

Corrected entry: The Spanish woman loses and regains her accent all the way through the film, often halfway through sentences. I wouldn't normally complain as an accent is difficult to keep, but hers is shockingly bad.

David Mercier

Correction: That is because she's lived in America so long her accent is changing.

Corrected entry: This film supposedly takes place in Washington, D.C., which, if the movie is to be believed, is populated by skyscrapers. Tall buildings are expressly forbidden in Washington, D.C.

Correction: Those buildings were not skyscrapers.

Corrected entry: If the calibre of the weapon Willis uses is big enough to blow Jack Black's arm off (which it certainly is), how come Sidney Poitier's leg wasn't blown off. I really dont think he would be up and walking so quickly either.

Correction: It's never shown or suggested that he got shot in the leg, it could well have been a piece of shrapnel that hit him, not a bullet.

David Mercier

Corrected entry: The Jackal has a clever way of trying to fool any would be pursuers by using a paint on his van that he is shown to easily be able to spray off in about 35 seconds to completely change the color of it. He is shown using a pressure washer to remove this paint, which works when the paint is fresh, as well as when it's been dry for a while later on in the film. It washes off, indicating that it either comes off from water, or high pressure, or both... So what would he have done if it rained? Or he had to go at interstate speeds? (00:21:40 - 00:49:20)

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Correction: As a loose re-imagining of Day of the Jackal, I think it can be inherently inferred that screenwriter Chuck Pfarrer would retain most of the Jackal's basic character traits. In both the original film and the novel, the Jackal is highly intelligent and methodical, meticulously planning every aspect of the assassination down to the minutest detail; surely he would anticipate and have contingencies for things like the weather and issues regarding his getaway vehicle.

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Corrected entry: Towards the end, where Declan has chased the Jackal into the subway, the other people are just calmly walking along, not a care in the world. This is despite a mass shooting just happening pretty close by outside and everyone out there screaming and running around in mass hysteria. Most of the people in the subway would have been in the vicinity of the shooting so probably wouldn't be admiring the scenery of the subway station.

Correction: It's surprising how little people react or even notice things like that. A friend was at a movie theater where 2 people were shot and killed, and 3 more were wounded. People were still ordering food from the concession stands, playing video games in the lobby, or making their way to the screens. None of them began running around in hysteria. Once police arrived, they had a difficult time finding witnesses, and some of the witnesses even said they thought it was a promotion for a movie, and didn't think it was real.

Corrected entry: In the final confrontation scene where Isabella appears at the subway station, she shoots the Jackal with a Glock handgun (easily distinguishable in the close up show due to its square shape.) Yet, when she runs to Declan, she is now carrying a Sig Sauer pistol which has a different appearance. (01:54:30)

Correction: The close up of the gun that Isabella uses is a flashpaper version of the SIG Sauer, hence its strange "boxy" appearance:

Corrected entry: When they show the White House there is a crane on the left side of the dome, seen many times from the same angle. When the Jackal calls Doug (who he met at the gay bar), Doug's office window looks at the same view of the White House and the crane is gone. But it reappears when the helicopter flies near the White House.

Correction: The trees are in the way.

Corrected entry: When the Jackal is flipping through weapon options (online with his mafia connection), a machine gun equipped with 7.62 mm bullets is described as 'suitable for anti-aircraft ground defence'. This is wrong. The 7.62 mm is standard NATO anti-personnel ammunition, considered too light and short range for defending air space. However, the Jackal ends up with a very effective 19mm gun, which has been used as a light anti-air weapon in European armies since WW1.

Correction: In the Army, we were taught how to effectively utilize the M-60 machine gun (which uses the 7.62mm NATO round) against aircraft.

Corrected entry: Why does Bruce Willis not take the plans for the tripod from the guy's house? After all, he killed him to shut him up.

Correction: When Major Koslova says that every man makes mistakes and that was how Decklin was caught, that was one of his mistakes.

Factual error: Just before Declan and the Jackal start shooting at each other in the subway tunnel, one of the trains starts coming from the opposite direction and begins passing Declan. This train continues to pass him at full speed for a full 35-40 seconds while they shoot it out. Subway trains are not nearly long enough for that. Also, during this time another train comes from behind him and he has to get between them and hold onto the light for a few seconds while they pass. But the second train then passes first while the first one passes fully about 2 seconds after the second one came... and it got there first, by about 15-20 seconds. Subway lines are about the same length as each other as well. But the first one was way longer and way wrong. (01:49:30 - 01:50:05)

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Declan Mulqueen: Preston, what about letting me have a gun?
Preston: Are you crazy? If the right people knew I was letting you walk around without cuffs, I'd have forced retirement.

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Trivia: Just a few months before his death at age 91, Fred Zinnermann, who directed the original The Day of the Jackal (1973), on which this movie is based, actually fought Universal Studios to change the name of the film. Saying that the original had stood the test of time and he did not want the remake to bear the same name. (00:01:25)

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Question: What is the title and author of the music played at Isabella's house on the stereo?

Answer: It's called "Red Tape" by Agent Provocateur.

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