icon Film Profile: The Day of the Jackal - (1973)
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6.8/10 Stars
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4/10 Stars
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"Nameless, faceless... relentlessly moving towards the date with death that would rock the world."


  • Director: Fred Zinnemann
  • Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Classics,
  • Studio: Universal Productions France S.A.
  • Subtitled | Widescreen | Duration: 175 Mins

A magnificent script from Kenneth Ross and a masterly central performance from Edward Fox form the backbone of this big-screen version of Frederick Forsyth's bestselling novel. But it's Fred Zinnemann's matchless direction that makes it such compelling viewing and an object lesson in suspense. The pacing of the picture is superb, a methodical accumulation of detail that is as fastidious as Fox's preparation for his mission to assassinate General de Gaulle. Although the action crisscrosses Europe, there's no postcard prettiness, just a sure grasp of the atmosphere of each place before getting down to the business of the scene. The supporting cast is also first rate, with Cyril Cusack, Michel Lonsdale and Tony Britton outstanding.
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Cast List:
The Jackal : Edward Fox
Claude Lebel : Michel Lonsdale
Minister : Alan Badel
Inspector Thomas : Tony Britton
President General Charles de Gaulle : Adrien Cayla-Legrand
Gunsmith : Cyril Cusack
Mallinson : Donald Sinden
Caron : Derek Jacobi
Colonel Rodin : Eric Porter
Colette de Montpelier : Delphine Seyrig
Denise : Olga Georges-Picot
Berthier : Timothy West

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