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The Day of the Jackal (1973) Movie Information

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Fred Zinnemann


Edward Fox
Terence Alexander
Michel Auclair
Alan Badel
Tony Britton
Denis Carey





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In early 1960s France, the disbanded members of the former French Foreign Legion want to kill current president Charles DeGaulle - turning him into one of the most guarded men in the world. In desperation they turn to "The Jackal", codename of a notorious assassin who agrees to take the job for half-a-million in payment. As he plans the perfect assassination, the police desperately try to track him down. -- Chris Kavan

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Yojimbo 05/21/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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An intelligent euro-thriller concerning an algerian terrorist plot to assassinate De Gaul. This film is carried almost in it's entirety by Edward Fox, who is completely believable as the cold-blooded assassin, ruthlessly setting about his business of professional killer while a multi-national task force blindly pursue him. The documentary style is a little uninvolving and the ending a little anti-climactic but Fox is excellen,t as are the rest of the cast (including a very young Derek Jacobi) and it makes a nice change of pace to the usual pointless explosions and car chases.

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Alaine 12/16/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Excellent story of an assassin trying to accomplish an assignment and the authorities trying to stop him.

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mitchellyoung 11/16/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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A fantastic thriller that unfolds by uniquely following the villain in near-documentary style. The film, despite its unassuming way of capturing its action, is tense and exciting from start to finish and Edward Fox creates a nuanced and, yes, often likable assassin.

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