And while I'm at it, there's another illustrative point about The Jackal, namely the alternate ending. I won't give it away, but it was a better ending. Why wasn't it used? It would seem because Richard Gere wasn't a big enough part of it. I guess we're supposed to like watching Richard Gere do anything than watch a conclusion that, while lacking his machismo, may offer us at least a little bit of irony. Watch it and you'll see what I mean.

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