The Day of the Jackal

Film, Thrillers

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.

Details

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