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.


Release details

142 mins

Cast and crew

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