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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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Frederick Forsyth (book)
Kenneth Ross (screenplay)
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Release Date:
30 July 1973 (USA) See more »
Fred Zinnemann's film of... See more »
A professional assassin codenamed "Jackal" plots to kill Charles de Gaulle, the President of France. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 win & 10 nominations See more »
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One of the finest thrillers ever made See more (184 total) »


  (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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143 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Argentina:16 (original rating) | Argentina:13 (re-rating) | Australia:PG | 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) | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | UK:A (original rating) | USA:PG | West Germany:16

Did You Know?

Technical specifications and fold-out diagram for building the actual assassin's rifle are included with the hardcover Franklin Mint special edition of the novel.See more »
Continuity: As the ministers are leaving the palace in the early part of the film, the OAS operative on the scooter looks at a large clock on a nearby building which reads a quarter to eight (presumably in the evening). All of the subsequent shots are at times when the sun is high in the sky - the shadows are all too short to be in the evening, or early morning.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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Is the film based on a true story?
Did the Jackal kill the gunsmith?
Is Charles Calthrop The Jackal?
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149 out of 164 people found the following review useful.
One of the finest thrillers ever made, 15 May 2001
Author: dgriffiths from Leicester, England

The opening five minutes of the film are a marvel. Almost completely devoid of dialogue the scenes portray visually more story than most modern thrillers can fit into two hours. This is about the best book-to-film conversion I've ever seen. The cuts, where they are made, are logical and some locations are combined. From Forsyth's first, and probably best book (written in less than 5 weeks) this film contains nothing that does not drive the story forward. The character of the Jackal is brilliantly finely drawn. He doesn't contain any of the cliches that you would expect to see in a film written in the last twenty years (he doesn't display mental instability, or have flashbacks to some event in his past). He never tries to justify his pernicious occupation to anyone yet, strangely, doesn't come across as an evil man. Simply as a professional doing his job. The French police inspector is wonderfully underplayed and is as far away from the he-breaks-the-rules-but-he-gets-the-job-done cliche as you can possibly imagine. He is first seen attending to his pigeons and upon being told he is being put on the case simply says "Oh God..."....

Zimmemann's direction is great and the scenes are beautifully photographed - particularly in Paris.

This is an all-time great film. Definitely in my top ten. I suppose I must put something in negative so it makes for a balanced review so errr.... I think the French minister is wearing a very bad wig. Beyond that -marvelous.

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