The Day of the Jackal

"Excellent"

The Day of the Jackal Review


It's awfully long, but The Day of the Jackal (which inspired a remake almost 25 years later) is a terribly compelling look at the machinations of an assassin and the military/police machinations that must occur in order to apprehend him. Or, more to the point, the machinations of 1973, before the dawn of the electronic age, when hotel registration cards had to be collected by a local policeman, deposited at the station, messengered by motorbike to a city, and phoned in to HQ if a match was made. It's inefficiency that lets our British Jackal (Edward Fox) get within spitting distance of his target, Charles de Gaulle, after nearly a week of travelling across Europe with the French cops (led by Michael Lonsdale) on his tail. Delightfully intelligent and often irreverant, it's a good yarn and a good thriller to boot.


The Day of the Jackal

Facts and Figures

Run time: 143 mins

In Theaters: Monday 30th July 1973

Distributed by: Universal Pictures

Production compaines: Universal Productions France S.A., Warwick Productions, Warwick Film Productions

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 4 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 90%
Fresh: 18 Rotten: 2

IMDB: 7.8 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Producer:

Starring: as the Jackal, as Lebel, Olga Georges-Picot as Denise, as Colette, Eric Porter as Colonel Rodin, as Colonel Rolland, Anton Rodgers as Jules Bernard, Raymond Gérôme as Flavigny, as Caron, Jean Sorel as Bastien-Thiry, as St. Clair, as Lloyd, as Inspecteur Thomas, Philippe Léotard as Gendarme, as Ministre, Denis Carey as Casson, as Gunsmith, as General Colbert, Jacques François as Pascal, as Wolenski, Donald Sinden as Mallison, Adrien Cayla-Legrand as Charles de Gaulle, Nicole Desailly as Yvonne de Gaulle

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