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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 ... Inspector Thomas
Denis Carey Denis Carey ... Casson
Adrien Cayla-Legrand 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 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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The number one book of the year. Now the number one suspense film of the year. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK | France

Language:

English | Italian | French

Release Date:

30 July 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Day of the Jackal 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

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Due to producer Julien Derode's particularly adroit way of dealing with the authorities, director Fred Zinnemann was allowed virtually unprecedented access to many locations and events that would not normally be made available to filmmakers. See more »

Goofs

A Morris Minor can be seen bearing a white front number plate; these were introduced as an option in 1968. 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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Crazy Credits

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


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Colonel Bogey March
(1914) (uncredited)
Music by Kenneth Alford
Played by an accordionist
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A race to save the life of the French President
10 April 2007 | by barryrdSee all my reviews

This is one of the most satisfying and beautifully-made films I have ever seen. Based on a best-selling novel by Frederick Forsyth, the movie depicts an assassination attempt on French President Charles De Gaulle in the early 1960's. Using live locations in Italy, France and England, the movie moves towards the climax with hardly a pause and much viewing pleasure along the way. The leading actor, Edward Fox, has appeared on BBC television shows and in supporting roles in other movies, but nowhere does he come close to this performance as the cold and meticulous killer. If you have not seen this film, watch it on TV or get the DVD. It will give you two and a half hours of the most entertaining cinema you will see.


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