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The Day of the Jackal (1973)

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A professional assassin codenamed "Jackal" plots to kill Charles de Gaulle, the President of France.

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Raymond Gérôme ...
Flavigny (as Raymond Gerome)
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It is the early 60s in France. The remaining survivors of the aborted French Foreign Legion have made repeated attempts to kill DeGaulle. The result is that he is the most closely guarded man in the world. As a desperate act, they hire The Jackal, the code name for a hired killer who agrees to kill French President De Gaulle for half a million dollars. We watch his preparations which are so thorough we wonder how he could possibly fail even as we watch the French police attempt to pick up his trail. The situation is historically accurate. There were many such attempts and the film closely follows the plot of the book. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Nameless, faceless... relentlessly moving towards the date with death that would rock the world. See more »

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30 July 1973 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Chacal  »

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SEK 1,959,165 (Sweden)
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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Director Fred Zinnemann was drawn to the project partly because of the challenge of keeping an audience engaged who would be able to guess the ultimate ending of the film (the Jackal failing his mission). He was pleased when the film became a hit with the public. See more »

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When the Jackal first is trying to get a target on the president, the shot is taken outside the building and you can clearly see rain pouring down the roof tiles. Next shot shows the president and the crowd all dry with no sight of rain anywhere. See more »

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Commentator: August 1962 was a stormy time for France. Many people felt that President Charles de Gaulle had betrayed the country by giving independence to Algeria. Extremists, mostly from the Army, swore to kill him in revenge. They banded together in an underground movement, and called themselves the OAS.
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The Cross of Lorraine, a symbol General Charles de Gaulle used during his lifetime, appears at the beginning of the film. See more »

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Colonel Bogey March
(1914) (uncredited)
Music by Kenneth Alford
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Oh Dear ...
13 September 2004 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

... How am I supposed to review a thriller I liked a lot ? It's much easier to write comments on a thriller I disliked , a good example being that really crap movie with Bruce Willis hired by the Russian mafia and IRA man Richard Gere trying to stop him . I think you know the movie I'm talking about

Frederick Forsyth writes thrillers that not only entertain you but educate you too and Kenneth Ross has written a screenplay that reflects this type of writing . The characters aren't cyphers created just to push the plot along , you can really believe these policemen have been solving cases for years ( notice how the policemen are either dowdy or gruff or both . Very realistic ) while you just know " The Jackal " is the world's most effective hit-man . Director Fred Zimmerman films the movie the best way possible - As a docudrama . Okay it might be a little slow and European to some tastes thirty years after it was filmed but compare it to the aforementioned remake and tell me what ones more nailbiting and compelling ? No contest is it


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