The Day of the Jackal Movie Review Summary

Actors: Edward Fox, Michael Lonsdale

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The Day of the Jackal is a fictional account of attempts on French Preisident Charles DeGaulle's life. It is based on the Frederick Forsythe book of the same name. The story is set in motion when the OAS, a rebel organization consisting of vengeful veterens, decides to hire an outsiders to assassinate the French leader.
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The assassin himself, portrayed by Edward Fox, is a hardened but extremely professional killer who immediately goes about planning the assassination. He gives only one moniker to his hirers: The Jackal. The majority of the movie involves the Jackal planning and preparing for the job of his lifetime.

On the other side of the law, the French National Security agency is working to stop the OAS and gets word of the sinister plot on DeGaulle's life. However, since they know next to nothing about the killer, they are hard pressed to stop the attack. As they gather clues, they employ their most proficient detective, Colonel Roland, to track down the Jackal as he comes closer and closer to his eventual goal.

The review of this Movie prepared by Benjamin Zintak

An extremist group hires a British assassin to kill a French General. As the assassin plans out his attack he realizes the authorities are on to him. He now must do everything he can to evade the police and the government and finish his job.
The review of this Movie prepared by Jack Bauer

In an attempt to assassinate French leader Charles De Gaulle, a terrorist group hires a British killer, the Jackal, to kill De Gaulle. The plot is uncovered when one of the terrorist's bodyguards is captured and reveals the existence of the Jackal. French investigator Lebel begins to hunt for the Jackal, leading a confrontation that will change history.
The review of this Movie prepared by Matthew W. Kresal

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Actual chase scenes or violence 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 60%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20% Time/Era of Movie:    -   1960's-1970's Spying & Terrorists    -   Yes Cloak & Dagger Plotlets:    -   finding an assassin

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   government investigator Age:    -   40's-50's


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK    -   France Misc setting    -   resort/hotel    -   building

Writing Style

Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   seeing breasts    -   seeing nude female butt    -   seeing nude male butt    -   sex under blankets Kind of violence:    -   hand to hand    -   guns Unusual forms of death    -   perforation--bullets Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing Is this movie based on a    -   book

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