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The Day of the Jackal


Edward Fox, Terence Alexander, Michel Auclair, Alan Badel View All


Fred Zinnemann (Director), Kenneth Ross (Screenplay) View All

Release: May 15th, 1973
Runtime: 2 hours, 23 minutes
An international assassin known as ‘The Jackal’ is employed by disgruntled French generals to kill President Charles de Gaulle, with a dedicated gendarme on the assassin’s trail.
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this movie is a masterpiece. Some really interesting trivia 1) This movie has a unique way of setting up the scenes and the intentions. You have scenes which take 4-5 minutes of set up like the endin...

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Edward Fox is terrific as the ice cold assassin The Jackal (aka Charles Calthrope aka John Oliver Duggan aka god knows who else).
The movie explores this in obvious ways like an inspector deciphering the Jackal code name, in subtle ways like the minute calibrations he makes to his rifle's sight scope and - most importantly - always entertainingly.
The joy in the film comes from watching two "machines" working to opposite purposes: the Jackal working to carry out the assassination, Lebel working to stop it.
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