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Day Of The Jackal
     

Day Of The Jackal

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Director: Fred Zinnemann

Cast: Edward Fox, Michel Lonsdale, Alan Badel

 

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Fred Zinnemann's The Day of the Jackal comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. Spanish and French subtitles are accessible, and the soundtrack is closed-captioned. Supplemental materials include the theatrical trailer, talent biographies, and

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Fred Zinnemann's The Day of the Jackal comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. Spanish and French subtitles are accessible, and the soundtrack is closed-captioned. Supplemental materials include the theatrical trailer, talent biographies, and production notes. This is a fine release from Universal.

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All Movie Guide - 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.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/29/1998
UPC:
0025192026126
Original Release:
1973
Rating:
PG
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time:
2:23:00
Sales rank:
802

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Cast & Crew

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

Technical Credits
Fred Zinnemann Director
Robert Allen Sound/Sound Designer
Ernest Archer Art Director,Set Decoration/Design
Pierre Berroyer Makeup
Joan Bridge Costumes/Costume Designer
Robert Cartwright Set Decoration/Design
Coco Chanel Costumes/Costume Designer
Pierre Charron Set Decoration/Design
Rosine Delamare Costumes/Costume Designer
Georges Delerue Score Composer
Julien Derode Producer
David Deutsch Producer
Elizabeth Haffenden Costumes/Costume Designer
Willy Holt Art Director,Set Decoration/Design
Georges Iaconelli Special Effects
Ralph Kemplen Editor
Gordon K. McCallum Sound/Sound Designer
Peter Price Asst. Director
John Richardson Special Effects
Cliff John Richardson Special Effects
Kenneth Ross Screenwriter
Jean Tournier Cinematographer
John Woolf Producer
Jean Zay Costumes/Costume Designer

Scene Index

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]

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Day Of The Jackal 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
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the day of the jackal should have won best picture of 1973 not the sting
ChandlerSwain More than 1 year ago
Fred Zinnemann's film of Frederick Forsyth's bestseller "The Day of the Jackal" is truly the kind of movie not made by English-language studios anymore; a quiet, meticulous thriller that builds suspense through the intelligent exposition of detail. Almost documentary in approach, this tale of an untraceable killer hired by AOL loyalists (ex-soldiers who felt betrayed by France's relinquishing of Algeria) to assassinate French President Charles DeGaulle would seem to unfold at a disadvantage since we know the historical truth- DeGaulle was not assassinated- but through the focused ministrations of Zinnemann's craft, the film builds to a high level of suspense through a rather novel twist: the assassin is so skilled, so intelligent, so thorough, how could he not succeed? Edward Fox approaches the character of "The Jackal" disarmingly at first. Initially, he feels physically slight, though roguishly charming in the role, but this skilled actor soon depicts, through almost sheer force of will, the very essence of cold-blooded capability. Suspense is heightened also by the fact that the police investigating the case are no fools themselves but men of high deductive resources who pick a fragmented trail against the criminal conspiracy through a dogged dedication no less meticulous and logical as their quarry. Michel Lonsdale is very fine as the chief investigator and Cyril Cusick is a stand-out as a master gunsmith. The film cries out for historical and documentary extras, but viewers will gladly settle for a DVD presentation of visual and aural crispness, as long as the film is of the high caliber of "The Day of the Jackal".
Jack56 More than 1 year ago
Outstanding. Wonderful performances by entire cast.Knowledge of Charles DeGaulle and French decision to leave Algeria very helpful to understanding plot.Suspensful what will happen next story. This 1973 production directed by Fred Zinnemann is not to be confused with the 1997 flop "The Jackel" Watch and enjoy!
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