The Day of the Jackal (Widescreen)
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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
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This is the answer given by the hard and cold assasin who signs the agreement to kill De Gaulle.
The story runs through a set of historical issues who are part of the story. A group of officers decides by themselves to revenge the lost honor of France due the fact about the independence of Algiers.
Edward Fox - one of the best actors of his generation - played with sublime perfection the demanding role of the Jackal.
So from the first images of the film you'll be engaged with this chess film. All the movements of this exceptional mind are guided by an amazing sense of hunter behavior. He acts like a western samurai , without blinking , he kills when the circunstances don't let him other choice. The feelings don't exist in this professional.
You are invited to presence an authentical tour de force. And since the moment an important link is arrested , your histamina and cold sweat will invade you.
The efforts of Le Surete for following any possible clue leads to an unforgettable mind game to spark the human chase since the moment the Jackal decides to go ahead with the plan and drive to France from Niza.
The rest of the story runs for you when you acquire this legendary and hair raising punch thriller. And once more you'll admire how the famous film maker Fred Zinemann could win with this story.
The locations and the sense of the drama are extraordinary made. And the words are not enough to describe the countless sequences of hard beating you'll experience.
A perfect film and believe me ; you won't feel the 140 min of the picture.
This is the first and best version!
One of the things I loved most was seeing that Alfa Romeo being driven around Europe. Favourite car. Not the point of the movie, but for a car buff it's worth the price of the flick!
The story in today's setting is a bit dated, revolving around political intrigues and an assassination attempt on Charles de Gaulle (former president of France from the end of World War II to the 70's for those too young to remmeber him. Nevertheless it is a well done drama, if at times slow moving by current standards.
Younger movie goes will see the resemblence to the 1997 movie The Jackal starring Bruce Willis and Richard Gere et al. The 1997 is a modernized and updated remake of the original.
Overall an excellent movie, if not quite up to the explosive action "standards" of modern films, and well worth watching especially for those who like the modern remake for some perspective on how things were shuffled in the remake.
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Gritty adaptation of Forsythe's novel. Edward Fox is captivating as the Jackal, even down to the unnatural, animal-like body-language he employs in breathing life into this... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Penn Naim
The original is so much better than the
Willis - Gere version
Excellent all round film, good photography, good acting, great storyPublished 7 months ago by ken Arnott
Excellent well crafted thriller even though it is known that De Gaulle died of natural causes!!!Published 10 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 15 months ago by M. Harding
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