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

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Director:
Writers:
Frederick Forsyth (book)
Kenneth Ross (screenplay)
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Release Date:
30 July 1973 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Fred Zinnemann's film of... See more »
Plot:
A professional assassin codenamed "Jackal" plots to kill Charles de Gaulle, the President of France. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 win & 10 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
outstanding See more (178 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Edward Fox ... The Jackal
Terence Alexander ... Lloyd
Michel Auclair ... Colonel Rolland
Alan Badel ... The Minister
Tony Britton ... Inspector Thomas
Denis Carey ... Casson
Adrien Cayla-Legrand ... The President

Cyril Cusack ... The Gunsmith
Maurice Denham ... General Colbert

Vernon Dobtcheff ... The Interrogator
Jacques François ... Pascal (as Jacques Francois)
Olga Georges-Picot ... Denise
Raymond Gérôme ... Flavigny (as Raymond Gerome)
Barrie Ingham ... St. Clair

Derek Jacobi ... Caron

Michael Lonsdale ... Lebel (as Michel Lonsdale)
Jean Martin ... Wolenski

Ronald Pickup ... The Forger
Eric Porter ... Colonel Rodin
Anton Rodgers ... Bernard

Delphine Seyrig ... Colette

Donald Sinden ... Mallinson
Jean Sorel ... Bastien-Thiry
David Swift ... Montclair

Timothy West ... Berthier
Bernard Archard
Jacques Alric
Colette Bergé (as Colette Berge)
Edmond Bernard

Gérard Buhr (as Gerard Buhr)
Philippe Léotard ... Gendarme (as Philippe Leotard)
Maurice Teynac
Van Doude
Nicolas Vogel
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Féodor Atkine ... (uncredited)
Jacques Brunet ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Jean Champion ... (uncredited)
Nicole Desailly ... Yvonne De Gaulle (uncredited)
Max Faulkner ... Special Branch Detective (uncredited)
Robert Favart ... Minister (uncredited)
Andréa Ferréol ... (uncredited)
Gilberte Géniat ... (uncredited)

Edward Hardwicke ... Charles Calthrop (uncredited)
David Kernan ... Per Lundquist (uncredited)
Robert Le Béal ... (uncredited)
Roger Lumont ... Hotel employee (uncredited)
Bernard Musson ... (uncredited)
Michel Subor ... Spy in the car (uncredited)
Howard Vernon ... State Secretary (uncredited)
Nicholas Young ... Passport Officer (uncredited)
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Directed by
Fred Zinnemann 
 
Writing credits
Frederick Forsyth (book)

Kenneth Ross (screenplay)

Produced by
Julien Derode .... co-producer
David Deutsch .... co-producer
John Woolf .... producer
 
Original Music by
Georges Delerue 
 
Cinematography by
Jean Tournier (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
Ralph Kemplen 
 
Casting by
Margot Capelier 
Jenia Reissar 
 
Costume Design by
Joan Bridge 
Rosine Delamare 
Elizabeth Haffenden 
 
Makeup Department
Pierre Berroyer .... makeup artist
Ludovic Paris .... hairdresser: France (as Marc Paris)
Barbara Ritchie .... hairdresser: England
 
Production Management
Henri Jaquillard .... production manager: France
John Palmer .... production manager: England
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Andrew Marton .... second unit director
Louis Pitzele .... assistant director: France (as Louis Pitzelé)
Peter Price .... assistant director: England
Alain Bonnot .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
René Albouze .... property master: France
Ernest Archer .... set design: England
Robert Cartwright .... set dressing: England
Pierre Charron .... set dressing: France
Wally Hill .... property master: England
Willy Holt .... set design: France
Cliff Robinson .... assistant art director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Bob Allen .... sound recording (as Robert Allen)
Gordon K. McCallum .... dubbing mixer (as Gordon McCallum)
Nicholas Stevenson .... sound editor
Graham V. Hartstone .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
John Hayward .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Georges Iaconelli .... special effects: France
Cliff Richardson .... special effects: England
John Richardson .... special effects: England
 
Visual Effects by
Wally Veevers .... visual effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Guy Delattre .... second unit photography
André Domage .... camera operator: France
Jean Fontanilles .... chief electrician: France
David Harcourt .... camera operator: England
Colin Manning .... chief grip: England
Vic Smith .... chief electrician: England
René Strasser .... chief grip: France
Edmond Séchan .... second unit photography
George Higgins .... stills photographer: England (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jean Zay .... costume supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Marcel Durham .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Georges Delerue .... conductor
 
Other crew
Simone Escoffier .... production secretary: France
Gladys Goldsmith .... continuity: England
Van Jones .... production secretary: England
Catherine Prévert .... continuity: France
John Rosenberg .... script editor
George Arnell .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Paul Tivers .... production assistant (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

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Runtime:
143 min
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Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Argentina:16 (original rating) | Argentina:13 (re-rating) | Australia:PG | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:16 | Japan:G (2013) | Netherlands:12 | New Zealand:PG | Norway:16 (original rating) | Norway:15 (re-rating) | Peru:14 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:15 (DVD rating) | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | UK:A (original rating) | USA:PG | West Germany:16

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Trivia:
One of the Jackal's targets was a man named Trujillo. This is likely Rafael Trujillo, the president of the Dominican Republic, who was considered a tyrant and a dictator and who was assassinated in 1961.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When the Jackal is sighting in his rifle, he opens the bolt to put in the last round, but the chamber is empty - the shell casing from the prior round is missing.See more »
Quotes:
[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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Soundtrack:
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FAQ

Did the Jackal kill the gunsmith?
How much sex, violence, and profanity are in this movie?
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40 out of 45 people found the following review useful.
outstanding, 29 July 2004
Author: Ajtlawyer from Richland, WA

This movie turned up on TCM last night and I found it to be outstanding. The movie has a very handsome look with terrific shots of Paris and Italy. The lead actors, Edward Fox and Michael Lonsdale, are actors that are rarely seen by American audiences which I thought helped the viewer really get into the suspense of the film. This is unquestionably Edward Fox's most memorable performance.

The movie is extremely suspenseful even though the viewer knows that the Jackel will not be able to assassinate Charles de Gaulle. While there were several assassination attempts against de Gaulle, he survived them all, so you know the Jackel will fail. Even though you know that, it is fascinating to see the Jackel assemble his false identities, his weapon, his forged papers as he methodically and dispassionately goes about his trade as the world's finest assassin.

Michael Lonsdale is also outstanding as the premier French detective who is given carte blanche by the government to hunt down the Jackel by any means necessary. The movie is set in 1963 and so it is a bit jarring to listen to the cops talk about how they will be getting a copy of the Jackel's fake passport that evening as it is flown to them from Britain---how did they get along without faxes and computers? Given the tenor of our times with every sensible nation turning things upside down to find terrorists, it is interesting to see how authorities try to stop an assassin forty years ago.

Throughout the movie the Jackel remains an enigma. Other than getting a ton of money, we have no idea why he's an assassin. The Jackel also takes some extraordinary risks---taking time to seduce a Frenchwoman while he knows the cops are hot on his trail and then going back to her only to murder her after she reveals to him that the cops have already approached her about him.

Then, even though he has half the fee already in the bank, the Jackel continues on with the assignment even though he could easily back out of it. Knowing that the police are searching every hotel in Paris, he brilliantly goes to ground by going to a gay bathhouse and spending the night at a man's apartment. Is the Jackel bisexual, gay or is he simply doing what is necessary to stay out of sight?

This is a terrific movie all around and very superior to more recent suspense movies.

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