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The Day of the Jackal (Widescreen)

Edward Fox , Terence Alexander , Fred Zinnemann    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definite Buy Jan. 13 2014
By DDolsen
Format:DVD
Excellent movie, especially for anyone who lived through that era. Particularly interesting to reflect on how much the story relies on the lack of rapid communication between agencies that we now take for granted. Missing also are the border controls between EU partners and other tracking checks since "replaced" by cams etc. All the techniques and technologies of cold war skills show up, special gunsmiths, secret messages, covering tracks and the piecing together of the ways and means. The suspense at points is incredible, especially the fluke of failure that saved the day. An economical and beautifully presented story. I have seen the hyped remake and it lacks authenticity, serving only to verify the value of the original.

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!
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5.0 out of 5 stars This Jackal was not a lone Fox Nov. 15 2013
By David M. Goldberg TOP 500 REVIEWER
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There have already been so many favourable reviews of this masterpiece, that one more seems like an exercise in superfluiity, but there is one point I want to emphasize that has not been stressed sufficiently: the outstanding all-round acting by this stellar cast. Fred Zinneman deserves full credit for his magnificent direction: taut and economical; beautifully paced and edited. Conversation is kept to the minimum needed to justify the action, and we have to thank Kenneth Ross for converting Frederick Forsyth's novel into such a compelling screen play. It is in the nature of the "thriller" medium that suspension of disbelief is necessary for full enjoyment of the product. As this plot is apparently based on a real incident , it is less essential here than in most of the genre, And the seamless flow of the sequences together with their rapid changes in location do the rest, until the very last moment when I felt, for the first time, an edge of incredulity. Edward Fox justifies the praise that has been heaped upon his performance, but the support he received from actors who were household names at the time has not been adequately acknowledged: Alan Badel, Eric Porter, Cyril Cusack, Michel Lonsdale and Delphine Seyrig in particular. Although priced at under $CN10, the visual quality of this DVD and its transfer from the original leaves nothing to be desired, although their is neither a brochure or any extras.I noticed in the Amazon.ca site that there is an even cheaper version available, but I have not seen it. This I have seen several times since purchase and I can thoroughly recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and well-made film Feb. 25 2013
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Made in 1973 but set in 1963, this film was like a cross between "Tinker Taylor Soldier Spy" and Clooney's "The American". Well made and wonderful to look-at however the sound was difficult to hear on this DVD even when I jacked it up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent movie May 13 2011
By NyteOwl
Format:DVD
I first saw this movie many years ago. Based on a novel by the same name by Frederick Forsyth, and while it was not a huge box office success by today's standards it was well received. I was pleased to discover it was available on DVD. It has some great actors, some of whom were well known but early in their careers such as Michel Lonsdale and Derek Jacobi and and Edward Fox, who plays the Jackal, a well known actor.

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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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Gripping story July 12 2014
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Thrilling..excellent acting and adherance to the Forsythe story gave us a most enjoyable evening. This is a classic!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The original and still THE BEST! April 30 2014
By Greg B.
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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!
Greg B.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Edward Fox in one of his best roles Jan. 22 2014
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A very meticulous plan to assassinate Charles Degaulle.
A plan by the French military after Algeria was given up by the French. The Foreign Legion had a huge mutiny over this.
Excellent shots of Paris and the French Army.
My god this guy was ruthless.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Day of the Jackal Oct. 17 2013
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The plot dialogue and cast were great!!
The on location shooting of many of the
scenes were excellent.
There is not much action and a LOT of dialogue
but the excellent cast carried it off
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