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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 V√≠deo
IMDB ID : 0069947
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Starring

¬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 Fran√ois Pascal (as Jacques Francois
¬Olga Georges-Picot Denise
¬Raymond G√©r√īme 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
¬Andr√©a Ferr√©ol (uncredited
¬Gilberte G√©niat (uncredited
¬Edward Hardwicke Charles Calthrop (uncredited
¬David Kernan Per Lundquist (uncredited
¬Robert Le B√©al (uncredited
¬Bernard Musson (uncredited
¬Howard Vernon State Secretary (uncredited
¬Nicholas Young Passport Officer (uncredited
 

Plot

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.
 

Comments

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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