The Day of the Jackal

Fred Zinnemann, 1973, UK/France, 142m, 35mm

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1962: after a failed attempt on the life of President De Gaulle, the OAS contract cool, methodical assassin Edward Fox (known only by his codename, The Jackal) to get the job done. Meanwhile Police Inspector Michel Lonsdale is on the case. A tense, mesmerizing double procedural, directed with amazing precision. Bonus points: Delphine Seyrig in a key supporting role.