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Assignment
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The Assignment

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Director: Christian Duguay

Cast: Aidan Quinn, Donald Sutherland, Ben Kingsley

 
In this drama, a naval officer named Annibal Ramirez (Aidan Quinn) is vacationing in Israel when he's arrested and questioned by Israeli agents, led by Amos (Ben Kingsley). Unknown to Annibal, he bears a striking resemblance to Carlos Sanchez (also played by Aidan Quinn), a famous and feared international terrorist wanted in several nations. Jack Shaw (Donald

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In this drama, a naval officer named Annibal Ramirez (Aidan Quinn) is vacationing in Israel when he's arrested and questioned by Israeli agents, led by Amos (Ben Kingsley). Unknown to Annibal, he bears a striking resemblance to Carlos Sanchez (also played by Aidan Quinn), a famous and feared international terrorist wanted in several nations. Jack Shaw (Donald Sutherland) is a CIA operative who witnessed one of Sanchez's most brutal attacks in the 1970s and is obsessed with bringing him to justice. Shaw persuades Ramirez to join his team and to pose as Sanchez, convincing the nations who work with him that he's an unreliable traitor. While this would give Ramirez a chance to serve his country, it would also take him away from his wife Maura (Claudia Ferri) and his children, not to mention putting his life in grave danger. Carlos Sanchez was the name of an infamous terrorist (also known as "The Jackal") who was active in the 1970s and 1980s; while the "Carlos Sanchez" character is based on his fearsome exploits, the rest of the story is fiction.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
This sturdy political thriller benefits enormously from a trio of terrific performances and a taut script by Dan Gordon. The film only strains patience by drawing close parallels to a factual international terrorist; the story would have worked a whole lot better had it been fictionalized. One of the film's finest elements is an air of authenticity, which it would have retained without the spurious and distracting contention that it's inspired by actual events and historical figures. That one annoyance aside, it's a gripping examination of paranoia, obsession, and the psychological toll of doing what's right. Quinn, a truly underrated actor, gives one of his best performances in a dual role, one of which must become increasingly like the other, while Ben Kingsley lends able support in his quiet, studiously violent part. Donald Sutherland is a little more lively than normal in his patented "manipulative authority figure" guise, playing it this time as less of a menace, more of a deviant. It's the nimble plausibility of its script that makes The Assignment (1997) such a treat, however. Unlike the majority of cartoonish, numbly unimaginative thrillers, this one's patient, smart, and believable, using character development in place of car chases, gun battles, and explosions, setting it easily a notch or two above its cliché-ridden brethren.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/17/1998
UPC:
0043396283596
Original Release:
1997
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:59:00

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Interactive Menus; Theatrical Trailer ; Scene Selections

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Aidan Quinn Annibal Ramirez,Carlos Sanchez
Donald Sutherland Jack Shaw
Ben Kingsley Amos
Claudia Ferri Maura Ramirez
Celine Bonnier Carla
Liliana Komorowska Agnieska
Vlasta Vrana KGB Head Officer
Von Flores Actor
Al Waxman Actor
Mitchell David Rothpan Actor
Gregory Hlady Actor
Gabriel Marian Oseciuc Actor
Frederic Desager Actor
Kliment Denchev Actor
Yonathan Gordon Actor
Ndiouga Sarr Actor
Manuel Aranguiz Actor
Leni Parker Actor

Technical Credits
Christian Duguay Director
Franco Battista Producer
Tom Berry Producer
Joseph Newton Cohen Executive Producer
Normand Corbeil Score Composer
James Fox Art Director
David Franco Cinematographer
Dan Gordon Screenwriter
Michael Joy Production Designer
Yves Langlois Editor
Ada Levin Costumes/Costume Designer
Mary Margiotta Casting
Karen Margiotta Casting
David McLeod Asst. Director
David L. McLeod Asst. Director
Thierry Morlaas-Lurbe Sound/Sound Designer
Lucie Robitaille Casting
David Saunders Executive Producer
Sabi H. Shabtai Screenwriter
Stefan Wodoslawsky Co-producer

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5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent movie with exceptional acting. In particular, Aidan Quinn and Ben Kingsley turn in wonderful performances. It reminds me of ''The Little Drummer Girl'' in that much of the movie follows the training of a reluctant operative for a counter-espionage role. Since the role in this movie is one of a ruthless killer, there is more action but never at the expense of the story. One warning from this picture is that you should be careful who you pretend to be, you might become them. This shows up as Annibal's ''work'' starts to effect his home life. Of course, having a wife as wonderful as Maura (Claudia Ferri) might help you get over it!.