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The Day of the Jackal -- The Day of the Jackal tells of a cold, suave British assassin hired by the French OAS to kill General Charles de Gaulle. Nameless and faceless, the killer, known by the code name of Jackal (Edward Fox), relentlessly moves toward the date with death that would rock the world.
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 »
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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 »
NewsDesk:
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User Reviews:
Proof that creativity and 'Hollywood formulas' are at cross purposes. See more (188 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)
Max Melloy ... Parliamentary Usher (uncredited)
Bernard Musson ... (uncredited)

Michel Subor ... Spy in the car (uncredited)
Howard Vernon ... State Secretary (uncredited)
Nicholas Young ... Passport Officer (uncredited)

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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Runtime:
143 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Argentina:16 (original rating) | Argentina:13 (re-rating) | Australia:PG | Australia:NRC (original rating) | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:16 | Japan:G (2013) | Netherlands:12 | Netherlands:14 (1973) | New Zealand:PG | Norway:16 (original rating) | Norway:15 (re-rating) | Peru:14 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:15 (DVD rating) | Spain:12 (re-rating) (2011) | Spain:13 (re-rating) (2000) | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | UK:A (original rating) | USA:PG (certificate #23402) | West Germany:16

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Trivia:
During the filming of the final sequence where President de Gaulle is presenting medals to veterans, the large crowd of extras were unaware of how close a resemblance actor Adrien Cayla-Legrand bore to the actual President. On the first take, when the President exits his limousine, most of the crowd gasped and an elderly extra, who was playing one of the veteran soldiers, fainted in shock.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: (at around 1h) 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:
Colonel Bogey MarchSee more »

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104 out of 119 people found the following review useful.
Proof that creativity and 'Hollywood formulas' are at cross purposes., 19 February 2005
Author: devilinajeep from United States

Many films of recent years have had the potential to live on and become "classics," but all too often the 'Hollywood formula' for success makes them obsolete in a few short years. Having seen the 1997 remake, I was reluctant to watch the original, released in 1973. But I am certainly glad that I did. I would probably rate the original version a 9 had I not seen the newer one but I couldn't resist comparing the 2 and ultimately giving it a 10. It's historical accuracy might leave you wondering whether it is a true story or not because all of the characters are genuine and believable. It is intriguing, clever and offers a bit of suspense, all in the absence of romantic departures, gratuitous sex and unexplained violence. It's a well-researched, well-written story that was expertly adapted to film.

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