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Based on Frederick Forsyth's best-selling novel of political intrigue, The Day of the Jackal, tells of a cold, suave British assassin hired by the French OAS to kill General Charles de Gaulle. Nameless and faceless, the killer, known by the code name of Jackal (Edward Fox), relentlessly moves toward the date with death that would rock the world. The tension mounts as the methodical preparations of the Jackal are paralleled with the efforts of the police to uncover the plot, which gives the story non-stop, edge-of-your-seat suspense.
With its high-intensity plot about an attempt to assassinate French President Charles de Gaulle, the bestselling novel by Frederick Forsyth was a prime candidate for screen adaptation. Director Fred Zinnemann brought his veteran skills to bear on what has become a timeless classic of screen suspense. Not to be confused with the later remake The Jackal starring Bruce Willis (which shamelessly embraced all the bombast that Zinnemann so wisely avoided), this 1973 thriller opts for lethal elegance and low-key tenacity in the form of the Jackal, the suave assassin played with consummate British coolness by Edward Fox. He's a killer of the highest order, a master of disguise and international elusiveness, and this riveting film follows his path to de Gaulle with an intense, straightforward documentary style. Perhaps one of the last great films from a bygone age of pure, down-to-basics suspense (and a kind of debonair European alternative to the American grittiness of The French Connection), The Day of the Jackal is a cat-and-mouse thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat until its brilliantly executed final scene (pardon the pun), by which time Fox has achieved cinematic immortality as one of the screen's most memorable killers. --Jeff Shannon
Excellent all round film, good photography, good acting, great storyPublished 2 months ago by ken Arnott
Excellent well crafted thriller even though it is known that De Gaulle died of natural causes!!!Published 4 months ago by TOM MCCONACHIE
Loved this movie. Great story with great actors and acting. Just because a 'big' name star is in a film does not always mean great acting.Published 10 months ago by M. Harding
This Historical Thriller is set in 1960s France. It involves a Fictional plan to Assassinate French President Charles de Gaulle. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Roller
Thrilling..excellent acting and adherance to the Forsythe story gave us a most enjoyable evening. This is a classic!Published 13 months ago by Maggie Evans
The original and by far - the best! Great acting all around, intense plot and great locals! This is a true classic in every sense of the word and a definate MUST SEE! Read morePublished 16 months ago by Greg B.