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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)
Contact:
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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:
Stealth Man Among Us See more (180 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)

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
Country:
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

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The visual effect of the Jackal's misfire at De Gaulle (as seen through the sniper scope) was done optically.See more »
Goofs:
Incorrectly regarded as goofs: When the Jackal releases his leg while posing as the old man, he is only wearing a sock on that foot. Later, while he waits for De Gaulle, he is wearing shoes on both feet. However, it's possible he stole a pair of shoes from the apartment while waiting.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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Movie Connections:
Spoofed in The Day of the Grackle (2005)See more »
Soundtrack:
Colonel Bogey MarchSee more »

FAQ

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Is the film based on a true story?
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42 out of 57 people found the following review useful.
Stealth Man Among Us, 7 May 2005
Author: Lechuguilla from Dallas, Texas

This is not a true story. It is a fictional account of what could, in theory, have happened following the August 22, 1962, real life assassination attempt by the OAS terrorist group, on the life of French President Charles De Gaulle. In the film, the OAS tries again, this time using a simpler plan, one involving a lone gunman, a professional killer who calls himself ... the jackal (Edward Fox). The jackal is the archetype of the modern political sniper. The screenplay and Fox's performance present him as suave, sophisticated, intelligent, resourceful, and methodical. He is a risk taker. All of which makes him extremely dangerous, because he has no moral scruples.

We watch the jackal as he prepares meticulously for his assignment. As the clock ticks toward the moment of kill, the plot alternates between the jackal's daily logistics and the frantic efforts of Detective Lebel (Michael Lonsdale), hot on the jackal's trail, but always one step behind him. Kenneth Ross' efficient screenplay and Fred Zinnemann's expert direction create a film with steadily building suspense.

In lieu of unnecessary background music, sound effects engender a sense of realism and immediacy. The ticking of a clock, the sound of footsteps, or doors opening and closing, help to place the viewer in the scene, as a silent partner. The use of echoes further heightens the already elevated suspense. And adroit cinematography creates menacing visuals, characterized by dark backgrounds, creepy overhead lights, and noirish shadows. Augmenting all of this, the film's minimal dialogue, attention to detail in production design and costumes, the excellent acting, and the brilliant editing seal the film's deserved reputation as a film of unusually high technical quality. The overall result for the viewer is a truly suspenseful and realistic story not easily forgotten.

My only significant complaint is the film's strange climax. I personally found it to be elliptically counterintuitive. Notwithstanding this, "The Day Of The Jackal" deserves a very high recommendation for viewers wanting to see a political thriller along the lines of "Three Days Of The Condor" or "The Parallax View".

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