The Day of the Jackal

Synopsis: It is the early 60s in France. The remaining survivors of the aborted French Foreign Legion have made repeated attempts to kill DeGaulle. The result is that he is the most closely guarded man in the world. As a desperate act, they hire The Jackal, the code name for a hired killer who agrees to kill French President De Gaulle for half a million dollars. We watch his preparations which are so thorough we wonder how he could possibly fail even as we watch the French police attempt to pick up his trail. The situation is historically accurate. There were many such attempts and the film closely follows the plot of the book.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Director(s): Fred Zinnemann
Production: Universal Pictures
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 10 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
143 min

for everyone else.

How dare you suggest--

- You can't afford to be emotional.

It's why you've made so many mistakes.

But if we decided to employ a professional--

You have to employ a professional.

Your organization is

so riddled with informers...

...that nothing you decide

is a secret for long.

The job would have to be done

by an outsider.

The only question is

by whom and for how much?

Will you do it?


How much?

- This is a once-in-a-lifetime job.

I could never work again.

- How much do you want?

Half a million, in cash.

- What?

Half in advance and half on completion.

Half a million francs?

- Dollars.

Are you mad?

- You'll get France in return.

I'd have thought it a reasonable price.

If you can't manage it,

there's nothing more to be said.

We accept.

How many people know about this?

- Just the four of us.

Let's keep it that way. This job

depends on absolute secrecy.

No notes must be kept.

If any one of you is captured,

I shall feel free to call it off.

I suggest you stay in a safe place

under guard until the work is done.


- Agreed.

The planning will be mine.

No one else will get the details...

...and you will hear nothing from me again.

This is the name and account

number of my bank in Switzerland.

When they tell me the first

$250,000 has been deposited...

I'll move,

provided I'm ready.

I'll not be hurried in any way.

- Agreed.

All I want from you is

a telephone number in Paris...

...that I could call about changes

in de Gaulle's plans.

The contact mustn't know

who I am or what this is about.

Send me the number by mail.

- How do you expect us to find...

...half a million dollars so soon?

- Use your network to rob banks.

One last thing.

What code name will you use?

Why not the Jackal?

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