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The Day of the Jackal (1973)

 -  Crime | Drama | Thriller  -  30 July 1973 (USA)
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A professional assassin codenamed "Jackal" plots to kill Charles de Gaulle, the President of France.

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Raymond Gérôme ...
Flavigny (as Raymond Gerome)
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Storyline

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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The Jackal spent 71 days, 56 minutes thinking a bullet into the brain of de Gaulle. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Release Date:

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The Day of the Jackal  »

Box Office

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SEK 1,959,165 (Sweden)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The French government contributed support toward the making of the film, providing soldiers and use of extensive locations for filming throughout the film (and especially the Liberation Day scenes). See more »

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In his Alfa Romeo, minutes prior to being informed at the Negresco Hotel in Nice that 'The Jackal is blown', Duggan passes a black 1966 Cadillac sedan. 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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References The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) See more »

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Colonel Bogey March
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Music by Kenneth Alford
Played by an accordionist
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Very well-done
4 October 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Entertaining drama about a killer for hire named the Jackal (Edward Fox) hired to kill Charles DeGaulle in 1962. It follows step by step his preparations for the assassination and the authorities trying to track him down.

Story has a huge cast of mostly unknown character actors which makes it seem more believable (i.e. in the 1997 remake Bruce Willis played the Jackal and you were always aware you were watching Willis). Also Fox is all too believable as a killer. The plot also takes place all over Europe jumping around from country to country. Despite the large cast and multiple story lines I was never confused and thoroughly engrossed. Expert direction by Zimmerman helps also.

I have one small complaint--it goes on a bit too long. I was a little bored by the final half-hour. Still, this is a well-done thriller worth catching.

I give it an 8.


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