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The Day of the Jackal


Time Out says

Inherently suspenseless (history would give us several more years of assassination-target De Gaulle), this adaptation of Frederick Forsyth's bestseller yet provides an occasionally satisfying core of tension that owes less to Zinnemann's penchant for High Noon-ish clock-watching than to his schematic opposition of a cold, chameleonic lone killer (Fox, the OAS's hired pro) with a messy, though equally ruthless, bureaucracy of 'democratic' defence. Low on documentary conviction and political context, but an intriguing exercise in concealing the obvious.

Release Details

  • Duration:142 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Fred Zinnemann
  • Screenwriter:Kenneth Ross
  • Cast:
    • Edward Fox
    • Michel Lonsdale
    • Alan Badel
    • Eric Porter
    • Jean Martin
    • Cyril Cusack
    • Delphine Seyrig
    • Donald Sinden
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