Day of the Jackal, The (1973)

The Jackal spent 71 days,56 minutes thinking a bullet into the brain of de Gaulle

Original Title : The Day of the Jackal
Director : Fred Zinnemann
Writer : Frederick Forsyth
Kenneth Ross
Genre : Thriller
Country : UK
Language : English
Producer : Julien Derode , David Deutsch , John Woolf
Music : Georges Delerue
Photography : Jean Tournier
Distributor : CIC Vídeo
IMDB ID : 0069947
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Edward Fox The Jackal
Terence Alexander Lloyd
Michel Auclair Col. Rolland
Alan Badel The Minister
Tony Britton Insp. Thomas
Denis Carey Casson
Adrien Cayla-Legrand President Gen.Charles De Gaulle
Cyril Cusack The Gunsmith
Maurice Denham Gen. 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 Col. Rodin
Anton Rodgers Bernard
Delphine Seyrig Colette de Montpelier
Donald Sinden Mallinson
Jean Sorel Bastien-Thiry
David Swift Montclair
Timothy West Berthier
Bernard Archard Gendarme (as Philippe Leotard
Maurice Teynac (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
Bernard Musson (uncredited
Howard Vernon State Secretary (uncredited
Nicholas Young Passport Officer (uncredited


A British assassin is employed by disgruntled French generals to kill Charles de Gaulle while a dedicated gendarme follows the assassin's trail in this political thriller. The film uses the perspectives of the ultra-professional assassin as he prepares his work and that of the harried but humble French detective as he undercovers the plot.


great, 9 February 2004 Author: billsav57 from USA This is just a masterpiece. It is probably the prime example of how the film industry did such a better job with movies of this genre 30 and 40 years ago. I was comparing and contrasting this with the original "The Manchurian Candidate," both films dealing with assassination, but taking totally different paths -- one with a brainwashed assassin, the other with a coolly professional one. But in comparing this film with more-modern films -- including the remake of this one -- it's amazing how everyone involved 30 or 40 years ago used dialog, character development, fantastic cinematography and other such tools to craft an incredibly complex and tense work. You might have trouble remembering one actor from this film, but you can't forget their characterizations. Nowadays, it's nothing but special effects. Everyone got a lot more for their money in the era when this film was made.
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