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The Day of the Jackal

The Day of the Jackal

A Feature film by Fred Zinnemann

Produced by Universal Pictures (France)

Release in France : 14/09/1973


    Year 1963. President De Gaulle decides to grant independence to French Algeria, several of the soldiers, who fought in that campaign, feel that De Gaulle is belittling the lives of the men who died there. So they form a group and make attempts at De Gaulle and fail. When several of their key members are killed or caught and eventually executed, the three top members decide to hire a professional assassin to take out De Gaulle. The man that they chose agrees to do it on the condition that he be alllowed complete autonomy. He also advises them to go into hiding until the job is done. And they do. When the French Security force learns that they have shut themselves off from the rest of world are curious what they are doing. So they abduct their errand boy, and once interrogated all he says is the assassin's code name, "The Jackal", they hypothesize that they have hired an assassin to go after DE Gaulle. Once De Gaulle is informed he refuses to alter his plans and will not allow extra security added. So his ministry decides that they should find the Jackal before he makes his move. They appoint the best detective in France, Claude Lebel to find him. Lebel plan is to contact every police department in the world and see if the Jackal comes from their country and if so to provide him with a description and/or a photo. Now Scotland Yard has a small lead but unfortunately they miss him but they have his passport so assuming that he is out of the country, they try and find the passport that he is using. Now when they think that they have him, he discards the identity that he is using and assumes another one. Can they find him before he gets De Gaulle?

    Actors (53)

    Production and distribution (2)

    Executive Producer :

    Universal Pictures (France)

    Foreign production company :

    Warwick Film

    Full credits (11)

    Executive Producer :

    John Woolf

    Author of original work :

    Frederick Forsyth

    Co-producer :

    Julien Derode

    Production Manager :

    Henri Jaquillard

    Music Composer :

    Georges Delerue

    Costume designer :

    Rosine Delamare

    Assistant directors :

    Alain Bonnot, Louis Pitzelé

    Screenwriter :

    Kenneth Ross

    Director of Photography :

    Jean Tournier

    Editor :

    Ralph Kemplen

    Casting :

    Margot Capelier

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    Feature film

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    Politics, Murder

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    Great Britain, France

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    Runtime :

    2 h 13 min

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    Posters (2)


    Festival Selections

    Academy Awards - 1974

    Academy Awards (United States, 1974)


    Nomination for Best Editing