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Day of the Jackal (The)

UK, English, 143 mins

  • Director: Fred Zinnemann
  • Writer: Frederick Forsyth; Kenneth Ross
  • Producer: Julien Derode; David Deutsch

CGiii Comment

In his illustrious career, Zinnemann won 4 Oscars. He certainly knows how to tell a story.............and, in this case, he tells it very slowly indeed.

20 minutes could have been easily cut without making a dent. As a film with an ending that everyone knows before they have even pressed play...it had better be a gripping tale..............and, sadly, it's not.

The gay bit comes near the end in a Turkish bath, no less.....you can guess the rest.

Dated and dull.

Cast & Characters

Edward Fox as The Jackal;
Terence Alexander as Lloyd;
Michel Auclair as Colonel Rolland;
Alan Badel as The Minister;
Tony Britton as Inspector Thomas;
Denis Carey as Casson;
Adrien Cayla-Legrand as The President;
Cyril Cusack as The Gunsmith;
Maurice Denham as General Colbert;
Vernon Dobtcheff as The Interrogator;
Jacques Francois as Pascal;
Olga Georges-Picot as Denise;
Raymond Gerome as Flavigny;
Barrie Ingham as St. Clair;
Derek Jacobi as Caron

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