The Day of the Jackal

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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.

Director: Fred Zinnemann
Writer: Frederick Forsyth (book), Kenneth Ross (screenplay)
Production: Universal Pictures
Year: 1973
MetaScore: 80/100
ImdbRating: 7.8
BoxOffice: N/A
Released: 30 Jul 1973
Awards: Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 10 nominations.


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There is one thing - screenshot from movie The Day of the Jackal
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There is one thing
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Will you do it
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So far as one can see
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You understand
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Over what range will you fire
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Valmy here
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I don't wish to sound rude
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How many know about this
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There's nothing more you want from us
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The time elapsed from the first to the last shot was seven...
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The plot describes above constitutes
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Commissioner Berthier
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What they'll do to you if you don't catch this man in time
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You're being very foolish
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Is this some kind of bloody joke
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What's this
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Of course
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No wonder our people are giving up
What about the French documents - screenshot from movie The Day of the Jackal
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What about the French documents
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How do you know that the Jackal comes from any of these...
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He may be abroad
August 1962 was a stormy time for France - screenshot from movie The Day of the Jackal
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August 1962 was a stormy time for France
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I need Wolenski
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Commissioner
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The Jackal is blown
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The time elapsed from the first to the last shot was 7...
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For heaven's sake
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Washington
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It's obvious that the Jackal has been tipped off all along
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Top floor
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Definitely
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We can't find him
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That's all
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One last thing
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The President must be told
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Be in no doubt as to the seriousness of your position
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I thought Wolenski used it as a swearword
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Aren't they
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It's all there
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That's right
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What crisis
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I'm beginning to get a feeling about the Jackal
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Are you home already
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A pleasant journey home
I knew you didn't come to Geneva for a driver's license - screenshot from movie The Day of the Jackal
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I knew you didn't come to Geneva for a driver's license
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I don't think I've ever heard of a political killer in this...
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To see you
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The police were here yesterday looking for you
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Paul Oliver Duggan
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He was booked in here for two days

Movie Quotes

Movie Cast

The Jackal - Edward Fox
Colonel Rolland - Michel Auclair
The Minister - Alan Badel
Inspector Thomas - Tony Britton
Casson - Denis Carey
The President - Adrien Cayla-Legrand
The Gunsmith - Cyril Cusack
General Colbert - Maurice Denham
The Interrogator - Vernon Dobtcheff
Pascal (as Jacques Francois) - Jacques François
Flavigny (as Raymond Gerome) - Raymond Gérôme
St. Clair - Barrie Ingham
Caron - Derek Jacobi
Wolenski - Jean Martin
The Forger - Ronald Pickup
Colonel Rodin - Eric Porter
Bernard - Anton Rodgers
Colette - Delphine Seyrig
Mallinson - Donald Sinden
Bastien-Thiry - Jean Sorel
Montclair - David Swift
Berthier - Timothy West
Detective Hughes - Bernard Archard
French Detective - Jacques Alric
Lebel's Wife (as Colette Berge) - Colette Bergé
Colonel Rolland's Assistant - Edmond Bernard
Gendarme on Telephone (as Gerard Buhr) - Gérard Buhr
Gendarme Killed by the Jackal (as Philippe Leotard) - Philippe Léotard
Bastien-Thiery's Lawyer - Maurice Teynac
Military Officer - Van Doude
OAS Agent - Nicolas Vogel
Young OAS Gunfighter - Féodor Atkine
Policeman in Hotel - Albert Augier
Hotel Guest - Madeleine Barbulée
OAS Terrorist in Car - Jacques Brunet
Undetermined Secondary Role - Jean Champion
Hotel Waiter - Raoul Curet
Ernestine - Colette's Maid - Madeleine Damien
Turkish Bath Desk Clerk - Yvonne Dany
Yvonne De Gaulle - Nicole Desailly
Special Branch Detective - Max Faulkner
Minister - Robert Favart
Hotel Staff - Andréa Ferréol
Paris Apartment Concierge - Gilberte Géniat
Charles Harold Calthrop - Edward Hardwicke
Hotel Desk Clerk - Jacques Hilling
Per Lundquist - David Kernan
Secretary at Elysée Palace - Robert Le Béal
Passport Control Officer - Roger Lumont
Gendarme at Tulle - Mike Marshall
Parliamentary Usher - Max Melloy
Cabinet Member - Jean Michaud
Usher at Elysée Palace - Bernard Musson
Policeman at Tulle Station - André Penvern
Michel - Colette's Gardener - Pierre Risch
Hotel Chambermaid - Liliane Rovère
Hair Dye Clerk - Jacqueline Stanbury
Police Constable - Guy Standeven
OAS Terrorist in Car - Michel Subor
Valmy - OAS Contact - François Valorbe
Cabinet Member - Howard Vernon
Passport Officer - Nicholas Young