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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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Terence Alexander ...
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Flavigny (as Raymond Gerome)
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St. Clair
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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 number one book of the year. Now the number one suspense film of the year. See more »

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30 July 1973 (USA)  »

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Chacal  »

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The first scene filmed was the Jackal's meeting with the OAS members. It took three days to shoot, as Edward Fox was having a hard time getting into the character. It took a long drive with Fred Zinnemann, who assured him it wouldn't harm his career if he didn't get it right since he had been Oscar-nominated, before he finally got the portrayal right. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 24 mins) The Jackal is supposed to be one of only three guests who checked in at the hotel that day. Supposedly Colette is one of the other two guests, since she tells the Jackal that she had spent the day attending her son's graduation ceremony at his school in the Alps. That means the Jackal's alias ("Duggan") must be entered on the first or second line above or below Colette's name in the guest book. "Duggan" is not entered anywhere near Colette's name in the guest book. Also, more than two names are entered below Colette's name (on the same page as well as on the next page of the guest book), which means there were more than three guests who checked in that day. 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
Played by an accordionist
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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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