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Genres: Crime , Thriller
Actors: Edward Fox , Terence Alexander , Michel Auclair , Alan Badel , Tony Britton , Denis Carey , Adrien Cayla-Legrand , Cyril Cusack , Maurice Denham , Vernon Dobtcheff , Jacques François , Olga Georges-Picot , Raymond Gérôme , Barrie Ingham , Derek Jacobi
Director: Fred Zinnemann
Country: United Kingdom, France
Year: 1973
IMDB Rating: 7.8/10 (20112 votes)

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.

Film Review

Frederick Forsyth is not one of my favourite people. When he appeared on the B.B.C.'s 'Question Time' some years back, he came across as a stuffy, right-wing Colonel from 1935 who's travelled forward in time and hates everything he sees. My dislike of him as a person does not colour my view of him as an author;'The Day Of The Jackal' is one of the finest British post-war thrillers.It tells how a group of extremists, mostly drawn from the French army, band together to form the O.A.S., dedicated to killing President Charles De Gaulle as revenge for his making Algeria independent. Riddled with informers, and with the authorities closing in on them, they decide to recruit from outside; an unnamed Englishman ( Edward Fox ) calling himself 'The Jackal'. He agrees to kill De Gaulle but only for a fee large enough for him to retire on. They agree. As the Jackal puts his plan into operation, the police – led by Inspector Lebec ( Michael Lonsdale ) – comm…

This has to be one of the best espionage/political thrillers ever made. I have seen this film many times, and it never gets old. Despite the fact that I know how it ends, how it progresses, it is always riveting, fascinating, brilliantly understated, brilliantly acted, and superbly directed.The film hasn't really dated at all. Many of the events it depicts did in fact happen, and while the film itself is not based on an actual assassination attempt on Charles de Gaulle, the film is certainly plausible and the film has a documentary feel to it. De Gaulle did pull out of Algeria in 1962, infuriating the far right wing in France. The steps taken by the French detective (played wonderfully by Michel Lonsdale) are as meticulous as you would expect from a detective attempting to save the life of the president of his country. Today if a film like this was made (in fact, this was remade as an awful film in 1997 just called The Jackal), it would have been filled with smarmy wise cracks, gi…

Most of the holes in the plot have already been mentioned except two that I found really annoying. #1 (and it's a flaw in just about any "paid assassin" type of flick), is that a steely-jawed, unflinching, consummate professional hit-man MISSES his shot, when the chips are finally down. #2 The hero of the flick really does nothing all that remarkable anytime in the movie. Just what abilities does this – rather mousy-looking – guy have that warrant the confidence that everyone places in him. I'm still wondering.And the idea that anyone could kill as effortlessly as "The Jackal" also strains credulity to the breaking point. None of his victims ever even make a sound. He simply touches them and they collapse – graveyard dead.The movie is fairly well crafted I guess, but it's age is really showing now. The pace is moderate at it's quickest points and almost grinds to a halt at times. And the ending is simply a throw away. I think it was probably mor…

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