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The Jackal | 1997 | R | - 1.9.7

Bruce Willis is a brutal, cold-blooded gun-for-hire who's targeted a high-ranking government official for assassination.

SEX/NUDITY 1 - No sex or nudity. One homosexual implication: A brief scene in which two men kiss twice in a crowded bar.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 9 - Two large explosions. Several violent, extremely bloody gunfights. Many people are shot and killed during shootouts, with lots of realistic, graphic violence. A few examples: A man is shot point-blank in the neck and dies. Another man is shot in the forehead, with blood and gore sprayed against the wall behind him. A man is riddled with machine gun fire and dies, a man is killed by an axe to the back of his head and another man gets his arm shot off and is then rifled with hundreds of bullets, while a car explodes behind him, engulfing him in flames. A man is shot twice in the chest and dies, with bloody bullet holes. A woman is shot twice in the abdomen and, after a scene in which she's in obvious agony, she eventually dies. A man is nearly run over by a speeding subway train. A man holds a frightened teenaged girl hostage, with a gun held to her head. There's also an extended sequence with stray gunfire spraying into a crowd of panicked bystanders.


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LANGUAGE 7 - About 10 F-words and F-word derivatives, a couple of anatomical references, some mild obscenities, and some scatological references.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Terrorism, different identities, the IRA.

MESSAGE - A man's honor is stronger than his ideology. Morality has many shades.

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