The Jackal

Continuity mistake: When The Jackal points the large weapon at Lemont after the first test fire, you can see some smoke still coming out of the barrel from shots showing Lemont's face. But in reverse angles of The Jackal, the smoke is gone. (00:58:25)

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Factual error: When The Jackal arrives in Canada, he walks up to a customs officer who is just wearing a suit and tie with a badge. Canadian customs officers wear uniforms. (00:20:40)

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Character mistake: At the meeting of the MVD and FBI where they are discussing Terek's hiding place, she mentions that he's in the town of Porvoo and that it is 60 kilometers west Helsinki. Porvoo is actually 50 kilometers northeast of Helsinki. (00:12:45)

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Factual error: On the ferry boat ride, which should have been from Canada to the United States, they were aboard a North Carolina ferry... The North Carolina flag was flapping in the wind next to the US flag. There was a closeup, and you could even see the name of the boat, which is named after a North Carolina Governor, and home ported in Moorhead City, North Carolina. (01:15:20)

Factual error: After the Jackal jumps to the other side of the metro subway train to get away, Declan pulls out his cellphone and makes a call. However in 1997, when this movie was made and the time it takes place, there was no way you would be able to get cellphone reception in a subway station underground. (01:48:00)

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Factual error: The big gun that the Jackal uses is shown to have a consumer grade lens on it. A mere camera lens. This weapon would have kicked so violently that just the first shot alone would have shattered the lens. This gun needs an optic that is designed for such weapons. (00:57:35)

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Factual error: When the gun is uncovered at the grounds where The Jackal and Lemont are about to test it, we get a good look at the scope mounted on it. This is a Canon Prime Lens, which is unable to zoom as is shown on the monitor. (00:55:35)

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Factual error: When searching for a weapon to use to perform his hit, The Jackal requests a weapon that is identified as a Polish ZSU-33 14.5mm. However what's shown is actually a Browning M2HB mocked up as a KPV heavy machine gun in 14.5mm. Both of these weapons have a fire rate of about 600 rounds per minute. But the film states the Polish has a fire rate of 1400 rounds per minute. Sourse: http://www.imfdb.org/wiki/Jackal, _The# .22Polish_ZSU-33_14.5mm .22_.28Browning_M2HB_mocked_up_as_KPV_heavy_machine_gun.29. (00:17:35)

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Continuity mistake: At the end, when Richard Gere is following Bruce Willis in a crowded subway station, we see Gere from behind as he passes by an old lady. Then, we see it from the front, and he passes by the same lady again. (01:45:30)

Continuity mistake: When The Jackal approaches Koslova after shooting her, his rifle is loose in his right hand. After he pushes her to the ground we cut to Koslova and the assassin is holding the rifle with both of his hands. (01:25:25)

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Continuity mistake: When the Jackal is sailing over the Great Lake, he sees the coast guard and puts his hat on. In the shot where he is putting it on, there is only one boat behind him with a yellow sail. It cuts to the coast guard then back to the Jackal, and now there are 6 boats behind him, none with a yellow sail, and the sun is no longer visibly behind him reflecting off the water. The director stated that this happened because the shot where he puts the hat on was a reshoot. The shot with the 6 boats behind him was filmed in Lake Michigan, whereas the other shot was done in the Atlantic Ocean. (01:07:30)

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Continuity mistake: When the Jackal is using the mirror in the shop window to look at the guys watching him, just before he turns to look at it as he's checking his glasses, you can see a man walk up to the car in the reflection. It then cuts to closer angle with the mirror blurry for a split second before coming back into focus. And now there's nobody beside the car yet in the reflection until two people walk up to it. (00:47:00)

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Continuity mistake: Koslova is asleep on a couch just before Declan is going for his razor and finds the gun in the drawer. The close up shot shows her in one position with her hands on a book, but then it jump cuts to further away to show Declan walking up. Now suddenly her hands are not on top of each other, the book is sticking out less, her hair is further down over her face, her jacket is covering more of her arm and legs, and her position on the pillow is slightly different. (00:43:25)

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Continuity mistake: As the FBI and Koslova are walking away from Declan at the prison grounds, they are walking almost in line with each other with Preston in the front, Witherspoon in the back, and then Koslova and the other guy between them. But when it cuts to them stopping to turn around in response to what Declan says, they are suddenly almost standing shoulder to shoulder with each other. (00:27:30)

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Revealing mistake: As Politovsky is walking up on the orange van before they ambush him, you can see one of the men walk past the left back door and can see the window on it. The window is completely covered in frost with no parts disturbed. Then after they shoot Politovsky with the rubber ball and are loading him into the back of the van, you can see the door again but now there are clear finger prints on the window in the frost from where they did previous takes of this shot in filming where the guy grabbed the door there to close it. (00:14:00)

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Continuity mistake: When the Russian officer tells Preston that they need to conduct the interrogation efficiently and then walks away, you can see Preston contemplating what he means looking awkwardly. He's looking almost straight ahead with his head slightly turned to his left. The camera then cuts to by his shoulder before he turns to Witherspoon and suddenly he's now got his head turned fully to the left watching the Russians leave the room. (00:13:25)

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Revealing mistake: After the Jackal's van and weapon are destroyed, we get a shot of Preston and the First Lady on the ground as they are helped up. There is lots or concrete rubble around them from the building, however you can tell it is obviously just made of foam. Especially the way Preston knocks it around as he's getting up. (01:44:35)

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Continuity mistake: When the second subway train is coming from behind Declan and he jumps between the trains to avoid them, he grabs onto a light that is green. However, these lights turn red as soon as the trains start to pass them, and one was already passing it. The light continues to stay green while Declan holds onto it between both trains. (01:49:50)

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Continuity mistake: Just before the Jackal jumps in front of the subway train, you can see the train's shadow on the wall behind him all the way back. But in the next shot as he's sprinting to make the jump, the shadow is gone. (01:47:35)

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Terek Murad: Here's what I can do! [Kills a man with an ax to the head.] I loved this man like a brother... He was a dear friend and partner to me. So I took no joy in that! But just think... If I could do this to one I love, what could I do to someone I hate? So the American F.B.I declares war on us? Then war it is. (00:09:20)

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Trivia: When Richard Gere asks Koslova about her name, you can hear the theme song for the 1970's TV show Kojak playing in the background. Richard Gere was in the Season 4, Episode 1 of this show called Birthday Party. (00:29:10)

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Question: Why did the Jackal tell Koslova how she is going to die?

Answer: He's sadistic, and it's a way to torment her during her final moments.

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