The Day of the Jackal

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Released 1973

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Director:
Fred Zinnemann
Released:
1973
Rating:
PG
A master detective (Michel Lonsdale) tracks a master assassin (Edward Fox) whose target is Charles de Gaulle.

Metacritic Score

  • 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Fred Zinnemann's The Day of the Jackal is one hell of an exciting movie. I wasn't prepared for how good it really is: it's not just a suspense classic, but a beautifully executed e...

  • 80

    Empire Ian Nathan

    There is true beauty in the realism at the heart of what could come across a fanciful movie plot, with its documentarian coolness of execution, the crisp rhythms of Zinnemann's dir...

  • 60

    Time Out London

    Low on documentary conviction and political context, but an intriguing exercise in concealing the obvious.

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    • This film was based on Frederick Forsyth's first novel, written when Forsyth was a BBC journalist with very little money. According to the author, he wrote it in 35 days and it was turned down by several publishers. It went on to become an enormous international best-seller. This film, however, was considered a financial disappointment.

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Themes

Politics, 70s, Thrillers, Espionage, Classics