Day of the Jackal

Day of the Jackal

DVD - 1998
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A suspense thriller built around the attempt of disgruntled French veterans of the Algerian wars (members of the OAS) to assasinate Charles de Gaulle by hiring a professional hit man from Britain.
Publisher: Universal City, CA : Universal Home Video, c1998
Edition: Widescreen
ISBN: 9780783226859
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE DAY
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (143 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Jun 26, 2018

One of the things I love about this movie is the almost complete lack of music in the soundtrack. There's music during the opening credits, music during the closing credits and music during one scene when The Jackal come up from the subway and surveys the area where he will shoot his victim, but other than that, there is no dramatic score to this film. The lack of music gives the film a documentary feel to it. A great use of no music by the director of OKLAHOMA and FROM HERE TO ETERNITY - both of which depend so heavily on music.

Jul 06, 2017

I liked this spy/murder thriller. It shows how assassins are hired and how they carry out their task. I don't agree with their vocation personally. It is too violent for children. It is quick moving. The script seemed realistic. It was well acted. The story is strong.

Jun 23, 2017

Excellent movie about an assassination attempt on President De Gaulle. Edward Fox is great in the lead role- it's a chilling portrait of a hired killer- and you find yourself rooting for him despite your best instincts.

May 05, 2015

I totally agree with all of the wonderful comments. This film and 'Manchurian Candidate' are my two favorite thrillers. Each is incredibly thoughtful and well directed. Each requires paying attention . . . and is worth it.

Caveat . . Each has had a mediocre re-make. In films, the original is not always the best, but in these cases, they are . . by far.

kevfarley Nov 12, 2014

This is is awful ! ...when I got this NYPL disc home and put this movie in the DVD player...and the screen says: "NOT FORMATTED FOR THIS REGION" !!?? (Even though it clearly states "Region #1", ie. North America, on the DVD jacket !)
I have watched a thousand other New York Public Library DVDs on my Panasonic Region 1 DVD Player,.. but this one makes it more than TWENTY SEVEN (!) that have come up as "Not Formated for this Region..." etc. !

I really wanted to see this DVD.
And I had to wait for it.
WHY is the New York Public Library still buying DVD's that are "NOT FORMATTED.." to be viewed in this region ?
(Are they 'pirated' editions !!?)

Has this ever happened to anyone else out there ??

Apr 25, 2014

"The Day of the Jackal" is gripping entertainment from beginning to end. A real spy thriller that had us on the edge of our seats. I will be bold enough to say it is one of Britians finest movies.

a5a22406 Jun 18, 2013

Excellent movie. France was going through some national identity turbulent times with the loss of Algeria (The Algerian Crisis) then the French defeat at Dien Bien Phu in Vietnam. This plays on that theme. Another movie to view is the Battle of Algiers also available here at GVPL.

Feb 12, 2013

Funny. Me not the movie. In 1962 I was 16 years old. I can't remember hearing about anything to do with anything else but myself. and my future.
I heard of this movie and storyline but gave it a pass everytime it came up.
I finaly gave in last week and got it from the library and found it quite good. No 007 action but a wonderfull action just the same. Quite believable and kept me intranced all the way.
I think I'll read the book now and see where that takes me.
When I find a copy I'll buy it for my collection.

Feb 05, 2013

Taut psychological thriller from Fred Zinnemann. Fine attention to detail. Well done.

Jan 31, 2013

This film from 1973 is based on the true story of an assassination attempt on Charles de Gaulle in 1962. Directed by Fred Zinnemann, it is probably the best assassination genre film ever done. The film handles skillfully the machinations of the plot to kill including: disgruntled OAS veteran officers out to get rid of de Gaulle, the killer for hire-The Jackal, the police in both England and France on the trail of the elusive Jackal including a rumpled but brilliant detective, the politicians especially one who likes to "pillow talk" to his new lover-a beautiful OAS agent, the shady underground of those who provide The Jackal with what he needs and a few unfortunate civilians who cross paths with The Jackal. Brilliantly filmed in many locations in England and Europe which gives the film an authentic look. At 2 hrs and 23 min. it moves at the pace needed to investigate all the intricacies of the story. "The Day Of The Jackal" is a great film and one worth viewing more than once. The film has been restored and wide screen formatted for this DVD version. Five stars.

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aaa5756 Jun 18, 2013

“National honor is the national property of the highest value.” -James Madison

Feb 05, 2013

Mallinson: "There's no question of Her Majesty's Government ever conceding the fact that this Jackal was an Englishman. So far as one can see, there was a period when an Englishman came under suspicion, but he has now been cleared. Certainly, the Jackal masqueraded as an Englishman, but he also masqueraded as a Dane, and as a Frenchman. So there's no way of proving his identity at all." Inspector Thomas: "But if the Jackal wasn't Calthrop, then who the hell was he?"

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