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The Day of the Jackal Details


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

  • Release date:July 30, 1973


Awarded by
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Fred Zinnemann Best Picture 1973 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Fred Zinnemann Best Director 1973 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Kenneth Ross Best Screenplay 1973 Nominee


Edward Fox
as "The Jackal"
Michel Lonsdale
as Lebel
Alan Badel
as The Minister
Michel Auclair
as Colonel Rolland
Terry Alexander
as Lloyd
Cyril Cusack
as Gunsmith
Delphine Seyrig
as Colette
Raymond Gerome
as Flavigny
Philippe Léotard
Jacques Alric
Olga Georges-Picot
as Denise
Barrie Ingham
as St. Clair
Anton Rodgers
as Bernard
Gerard Buhr
Derek Jacobi
as Caron
Jacques Francois
as Pascal
Bernard Archard
Vernon Dobtcheff
as Interrogator
Nicolas Vogel
David Swift
as Montclair
Eric Porter
as Col. Rodin
Edmond Bernard
Ronald Pickup
as Forger
Jean Martin
as Rodin's Bodyguard Wolenski
Maurice Teynac
Adrien Cayla-Legrand
as Charles de Gaulle
Timothy West
as Berthier
Van Doude
Jean Sorel
as Bastien-Thiry
Maurice Denham
as General Colbert
Edward Hardwicke


Fred Zinnemann
Julien Derode
John Woolf
Frederick Forsyth
Book Author
Kenneth Ross
Jean Tournier
Georges Delerue
Composer (Music Score)
Ernest Archer
Art Director
Willy Holt
Art Director
Willy Holt
Set Designer
Robert Cartwright
Set Designer
Ernest Archer
Set Designer
Pierre Charron
Set Designer
Coco Chanel
Costume Designer
Rosine Delamare
Costume Designer
Joan Bridge
Costume Designer
Elizabeth Haffenden
Costume Designer
Jean Zay
Costume Designer
John Richardson
Special Effects
Georges Iaconelli
Special Effects
Pierre Berroyer
Andrew Marton
Second Unit Director