The Day of the Jackal
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was a stormy time for France.
Many people felt that
President Charles de Gaulle...
...had betrayed the country
by giving independence to Algeria.
mostly from the army...
...swore to kill him in revenge.
They banded together
in an underground movement...
...and called themselves the OAS.
The minister's meeting is over.
They are very late.
The time elapsed from the first
to the last shot was seven seconds.
more than 140 shots were fired.
Several bullets pierced the president's car.
One came within an inch of his head.
But, as if by a miracle, neither
he nor anyone else was hurt.
Six months later..
Most of the conspirators
have been caught and tried.
Their leader, Col. Bastien-Thiry,
has been sentenced to death.
At the last moment, his lawyer
tries for a stay of execution.
The appeal for clemency
has been turned down.
There is nothing more one can do.
I am sorry.
- There is no need.
For heaven's sake, don't you
realize you're going to be shot?
You don't understand.
to raise his rifle against me.
Here is the 8..00 news
for today, March 11, 1963.
An hour ago, in the courtyard
of the Fort Efree, outside Paris...
Lieutenant Colonel Bastien-Thiry
was executed by firing squad...
...for leading the attempt on the life
of General de Gaulle last August.
The OAS now seems
...by the splendid performance
of our national security forces.
Already it is known that the new
chief of operations of the OAS...
Colonel Mark Rodin, a former
paratroop commander in Algeria...
...is on the run
and hiding somewhere in Austria.
Today's execution must surely mean
that the OAS is finished...
...once and for all.
What are the finances like, Rene?
No wonder our people are giving up.
They've lost faith.
We've failed them every single time.
We won't fail again.
- What can we do?
- Every cop in France knows us.
Informants are all around us.
- We must find a foreigner.
A foreigner? Why?
- A contract killer.
One that hasn't worked in France
won't have a police record.
He can come and go as he pleases.
- That sort of person costs money.
I'll find the right man.
They were going to meet again
In the pension you both know..
Pension Kleist. June 15.
It's a limited market.
I've compiled 11 dossiers
over the last three months.
Only those four men
seemed anywhere near right.
Now that you've read the files,
what do you think?
One Englishman did all these jobs?
- I don't believe it.
- He did that fellow in the Congo?
- That's our man then, isn't it?
I should say so.
I'm glad you agree on the final choice.
Because he'll be here any moment.
He's arriving this afternoon from London.
A normal precaution,
you understand. Come in.
We are not terrorists,
you understand. We are patriots.
Our duty is to the soldiers
who died fighting in Algeria...
...and the three million Frenchmen
So you want to get rid of him?
Speaking as a professional,
do you think it's possible?
The point is getting away with it.
Speaking as a professional,
that's an important consideration.
But, in principle,
you'd say it could be done?
Yes. With enough time and planning.
Would be much more difficult
than most other targets.
- de Gaulle has the best security.
Their information is first-class.
You see, gentlemen, not only
have your own efforts failed...
...but you've queered the pitchRate this script:5.0 / 1 vote
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