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The Day of the Jackal (1973)

The Day of the Jackal
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Edward Fox Edward Fox
The Jackal
Michel Auclair Michel Auclair
Colonel Rolland
Alan Badel Alan Badel
The Minister
Tony Britton Tony Britton
Inspector Thomas
Denis Carey Denis Carey
Adrien Cayla-Legrand Adrien Cayla-Legrand
The President
Cyril Cusack Cyril Cusack
The Gunsmith

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Kenneth Ross Kenneth Ross


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A great movie

7 years, 2 months ago at Sep 28 10:07
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Since I kept hearing some pretty good things about this flick, I was quite eager to check it out. Eventually, I wasn’t disappointed, in fact, I was really blown away by the whole thing. Indeed, what a suspense ! I think it is quite shame that this flick seems to be pretty much forgotten nowadays since it is actually, in my opinion, easily one of the best movies I have seen in this genre. Indeed,... read more
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It is the early 60s in France. The remaining survivors of the aborted French Foreign Legion have made repeated attempts to kill DeGaulle. The result is that he is the most closely guarded man in the world. As a desperate act, they hire The Jackal, the code name for a hired killer who agrees to kill French President De Gaulle for half a million dollars. We watch his preparations which are so thorough we wonder how he could possibly fail even as we watch the French police attempt to pick up his trail. The situation is historically accurate. There were many such attempts and the film closely follows the plot of the book.
Release date: 30 July 1973
UPC: 025192026126
Tags: Thriller (17), Drama (13), France (12), 1973 (9), Hitman (9), Conspiracy (9), 1970s (8), Assassination (8), President (8), Sniper (8), Torture (8), Politics (7), Parade (7), Murder (7), Military (7), French (7), Assassin (6), Border (5), Birth Certificate (4), Based On Novel (3)
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" It is a top notch adaptation of a fantastic book. Edward Fox has never been better as a cold-hearted assassin. It has a realistic feel over it. It ends maybe a minute too abruptly for my taste, but then again, the story is finished isn't it?"

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