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The Day of the Jackal

Edward Fox  Actor Michel Lonsdale  Actor Alan Badel  Actor Michel Auclair  Actor Tony Britton  Actor Terry Alexander  Actor

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MPAA Rating: PG
Contains:Violence

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The Day of the Jackal

UPC: 025192026126

Studio: Universal Studios

MPAA Rating: PG   Contains:[Violence]

Summary: In this involving political thriller, a secret French paramilitary organization plans to assassinate French President Charles De Gaulle (Adrien Cayla-Legrand) because of their disagreement with his policies during the Algerian War. They hire a professional killer, known only as "The Jackal" (Edward Fox). The police learn of the plot from an informer, and police investigator Lebel (Michel Lonsdale) cleverly pieces together the clues to the Jackal's identity. The complicated plot uses parallel editing to cross-cut between the details of the Jackal's preparations for the assassination and Lebel's efforts to find him before it is too late. Fred Zinnemann presents the story, faithfully adapted from the book by Frederick Forsyth, with precise, dramatic flair. Edward Fox is coldly alluring as the Jackal. Well acted and directed, Day of the Jackal is a tense and engrossing political thriller with a surprising ending. ~ Linda Rasmussen, Rovi

Category: Thriller

Awards: Best Picture – British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Editing – British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Picture - Drama – null Best Director – null Best Screenplay – null Best Editing – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Director – Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Screenplay – Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Picture - Drama – Hollywood Foreign Press Association

Features: [None specified]

The Day of the Jackal

Format: DVD

Release Date: 04/28/1998

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Theatre Wide-Screen

Audio: 5.1 Dolby Digital 5.1, 1 USA & territories, Canada

Runtime: 143 Minutes

Sides: 1

Number of Discs: 1

Language(s) English

Subtitles: English,French,Spanish

Region: USA & territories, Canada

Chapters: Side #1 -- The Day Of The Jackal
0. Chapter List
1. A Stormy Time [:54]
2. Code Name: The Jackal [7:14]
3. The Assassin Prepares [5:44]
4. Appointments In Genoa [2:04]
5. Preparations In Paris [7:13]
6. The Perfect Weapon [5:20]
7. The Best Detective [2:05]
8. Target Practice [7:43]
9. The Calthrop Connection [6:24]
10. Madame Monpillier [2:11]
11. The Jackal Hunt [1:55]
12. Love And Death [5:29]
13. A Ticket To Paris [3:44]
14. The Day Of The Jackal [2:54]
15. The Moving Target [6:57]
16. Who The Hell Was He? (End Titles) [7:15]

Lucia Bozzola

Considered one of the superior 1960s/1970s spy thrillers, Fred Zinnemann's adaptation of Frederick Forsyth's bestseller combined an eye for stylish European locales with a chillingly detailed account of an assassin's mission to kill French president Charles de Gaulle. Cross-cutting between the Jackal's preparations and Inspector Lebel's efforts to find the phantom killer before the crime occurs, Day of the Jackal gains power by focusing on the two opposite jobs at hand rather than indulging in either psychology or gratuitous violence. Devoid of politics and past, Edward Fox's blond killer embodies the phrase "hired gun"; he may be charming and keenly clever, but he is ominously professional about his work. Still, the question of whether he will succeed becomes as enthralling as whether Lebel will get him; the ending's sense of random yet pervasive menace was made all the more timely by the contemporary rash of assassinations. The location photography and the Jackal's lethal cool more than made up for complaints about plot holes. The film was loosely remade in 1997 as the more flashy and violent The Jackal. ~ Lucia Bozzola, Rovi

Cast and Crew: Georges Delerue  Composer (Music Score) 
Kenneth Ross  Screenwriter 
Fred Zinnemann  Director 
David Deutsch  Producer 
John Woolf  Producer 
Julien Derode  Producer 
Edward Fox  Actor 
Michel Lonsdale  Actor 
Alan Badel  Actor 
Michel Auclair  Actor 
Tony Britton  Actor 
Terry Alexander  Actor 
Cyril Cusack  Actor 
Delphine Seyrig  Actor 
Gerard Buhr  Actor 
Philippe Léotard  Actor 
Maurice Teynac  Actor 
Denis Carey  Actor 
Maurice Denham  Actor 
Bernard Archard  Actor 
Vernon Dobtcheff  Actor 
Jacques Francois  Actor 
Olga Georges-Picot  Actor 
Raymond Gerome  Actor 
Barrie Ingham  Actor 
Derek Jacobi  Actor 
Eric Porter  Actor 
Donald Sinden  Actor 
Jean Sorel  Actor 
David Swift  Actor 
Timothy West  Actor 
Edmond Bernard  Actor 
Van Doude  Actor 
Nicolas Vogel  Actor 
Edward Hardwicke  Actor 
Jacques Alric  Actor 
Adrien Cayla-Legrand  Actor 
Jean Martin  Actor 
Ronald Pickup  Actor 
Anton Rodgers  Actor 

Country: France,UK