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Movie Reviews By Bil Antoniou

The Day Of The Jackal (1973)

FRED ZINNEMANN

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBUnited Kingdom/France, 1973John Woolf Productions, Warwick Film Productions, Universal Productions France.  Screenplay by ,based on the book by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by , .  Costume Design by , , .  Film Editing by .  Academy Awards 1973Golden Globe Awards 1973.  

Edward Fox in The Day of the Jackal.

Frederic Forsythe’s taut suspense novel comes to the screen with admirable results. is fantastic as the hired gun known only as “The Jackal”, enlisted by a militant faction of French loyalists who feel that de Gaulle’s allowing Algeria its independence constitutes treason to their homeland. After a failed attempt on de Gaulle’s life by the group itself, the terrorists contract the kill out to the Jackal, while the police hire ace profiler to figure the plot out and catch the killer before the deed can be committed. Terrific acting, a marvelous supporting turn by and magnificent editing make for a thoroughly satisfying evening of action and excitement.

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