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
0783226853
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE DAY
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (143 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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loella
Nov 09, 2018

Fred Zinnemann's penultimate feature essays a documentary style to follow a would-be assassin of Charles de Gaulle in 1963, when sore heads in the military wanted to get back at the general-president for "losing" Algeria to independence in 1962. Sets are all real locations, shot-length is quite short though far from Eisensteinian, color suppressed-looking, as if the film was blown-up from 16 or even 8mm, the score is minimal, and the acting nondemonstrative to a fault. While Edward Fox as the assassin--the Jackal--is all surface, as one imagines such a man would have to be, Michael Lonsdale as the police deputy commissioner charged with apprehending him quite steals the show, as the very fine physical actor he is would: he has but to shift his eyes or put a bit of spin on a phrase he speaks to communicate character. Even he, however, and Delphine Seyrig in the cameo role of the ill-fated comtesse that the Jackal seduces and discards with prejudice, so to speak, don't prevent the overall grayness of the film. Suspense becomes very muted, indeed. What Roger Ebert once declared was a "spellbinder" now seems more of an exercise well done. --Ray Olson

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roncandelaria
Oct 06, 2018

I believe this was directed by James Franco....this is the second film I've seen by him this week and both were very slow, poor acting and not sequenced in a flowing pattern....now I'll watch for any Franco movies and avoid them.

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will1410
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.

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swyckl
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.

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RoyalJellyIII
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.

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questinv
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 ??

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garycornell
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.

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Mike117
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.

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aaa5756 Jun 18, 2013

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

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Monolith
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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