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The Day of the Jackal (1973)

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

Director:

Fred Zinnemann

Writers:

Frederick Forsyth (book), Kenneth Ross (screenplay)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Edward Fox ... The Jackal
Terence Alexander ... Lloyd
Michel Auclair ... Colonel Rolland
Alan Badel ... The Minister
Tony Britton Tony Britton ... Inspector Thomas
Denis Carey Denis Carey ... Casson
Adrien Cayla-Legrand Adrien Cayla-Legrand ... The President
Cyril Cusack ... The Gunsmith
Maurice Denham Maurice Denham ... General Colbert
Vernon Dobtcheff ... The Interrogator
Jacques François ... Pascal (as Jacques Francois)
Olga Georges-Picot ... Denise
Raymond Gérôme Raymond Gérôme ... Flavigny (as Raymond Gerome)
Barrie Ingham ... St. Clair
Derek Jacobi ... Caron
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Storyline

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 <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

UK | France

Language:

English | Italian | French

Release Date:

30 July 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Chacal See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$16,056,255
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The production was allowed unprecedented access to the traditional Parisian July 14 parade. Unfortunately it rained incessantly during this but the bad weather didn't register too much on camera. See more »

Goofs

(at around 2 mins) 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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Crazy Credits

The closing credits roll over a lion statue at the Élysée Palace, the residence of the President of France. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Rebel Set (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Colonel Bogey March
(1914) (uncredited)
Music by Kenneth Alford
Played by an accordionist
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The original thriller
25 May 2007 | by cinefacilitiesSee all my reviews

The Day of the Jackal is a brilliant thriller and my all-time favorite movie. If you love this film as much as I do, you will probably agree that writing a comment to it is a responsibility in itself.

I do not simply want to shower The Day of the Jackel with praise as I personally can not find words befitting. I would not like to attempt analysing my favorite film because I admire so very much the natural way in which - in all simplicity - it allows a fascinating story to meander through screen time.

Allow me instead to advise anyone not yet familiar with this masterpiece, to watch it.

When you have seen The Day of the Jackal you will be - over time - rewarded with the most precious gift that only the best of movies can offer; a fond memory of cinematographic excellence combined with endless strands of story lines resonating in the mind.

The Day of the Jackal is unique in perfection through directness.


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