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The Day of the Jackal (1973)

PG  |   |  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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Terence Alexander ...
Michel Auclair ...
Alan Badel ...
Tony Britton ...
Denis Carey ...
Adrien Cayla-Legrand ...
Maurice Denham ...
Jacques François ...
Pascal (as Jacques Francois)
Olga Georges-Picot ...
Raymond Gérôme ...
Flavigny (as Raymond Gerome)
Barrie Ingham ...
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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 <>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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


Crime | Drama | Thriller


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Release Date:

30 July 1973 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Chacal  »

Box Office


SEK 1,959,165 (Sweden)

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


French president Charles de Gaulle was actually alive when Frederick Forsyth completed his novel in 1970 but died shortly before it was published in 1971. See more »


When Lebel is advised by telephone that the Jackal has passed through the border into France in his white Alfa Romeo, he is told the license plate number is GE 1741 when, in fact, the license plate number on the Jackal's car is GE16 1741. See more »


[first lines]
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 closing credits roll over a lion statue at the Élysée Palace, the residence of the President of France. 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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Excellent, almost documentary quality
21 December 2003 | by (Saskatchewan) – See all my reviews

Easily one of my favorites, if not THE favorite. The cinematography is excellent, and has so many shots that seem to be done with long range or hidden cameras. This style makes the film seem so real! There is a scene in a market where the Jackal is shopping for disguises, and he (the actor Edward Fox), bumps into a woman shopping without turning to look or acknowledge her, that seems absolutely REAL. I don't know, but if I had to guess I would say that the camera was hidden and that she was not an actor, but a French woman out shopping. I would like to know more about the use of the public as 'extras' in this film. The story is excellent, and the implied menace of the classy Jackal is really excellent. 10/10!

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