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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
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The special lightweight rifle that The Jackal concealed in a crutch was a genuine working model. Two of them were made for this movie. One was handed over to the British authorities, and the other now resides in the Paris Cinematheque. See more »
(at around 1h 6 mins) "The Jackal is wearing no eye protection while welding the exhaust pipe." He is not welding, he is soldering, and eye protection is not necessary. See more »
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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The Cross of Lorraine, a symbol General Charles de Gaulle used during his lifetime, appears at the beginning of the film. See more »
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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