The Day of the Jackal


An international assassin is employed by disgruntled French generals to kill Charles de Gaulle while a dedicated gendarme follows the assassin's trail in this political thriller. The film uses the perspectives of the ultra-professional assassin as he prepares his work and that of the harried but humble French detective as he uncovers the plot.

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  1. Frederick Forsyth


  2. Kenneth Ross


  3. Fred Zinnemann


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  1. Edward Fox

    Edward Fox

    the Jackal

  2. Michael Lonsdale

    Michael Lonsdale


  3. Olga Georges-Picot

    Olga Georges-Picot


  4. Delphine Seyrig

    Delphine Seyrig


  5. Eric Porter

    Eric Porter

    Colonel Rodin

  6. Michel Auclair

    Michel Auclair

    Colonel Rolland

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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 2h 23m

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Revenue -

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Release Information

  • May 15, 1973
    PG, Theatrical



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A review by John Chard

By John Chard


The Day of the Jackal is directed by Fred Zinnerman and adapted to screenplay by Kenneth Ross from the novel of the same name written by Frederick Forsyth. It stars Edward Fox, Michael Lonsdale, Terence Alexander, Michel Auclair, Alan Badel, Tony Britton and Denis Carey. Music is by Georges Delerue and cinematography by Jean Tournier.

As the French political climate reaches boiling point over the Algeria situation, underground organisation the OAS plot to have President Charles de Gaulle assassinated. When an attempt fails the OAS members not caught are exiled in Vienna and decide... read the rest.

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