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The Day of the Jackal

A beautifully executed suspense classic, Fred Zinnemann’s incredibly detailed and hugely engrossing film, based on thriller writer Frederick Forsyth’s novel, returns to our screens with this new reissue.

The Jackal’s (Edward Fox) real name is unknown even to the paramilitary group that has hired him to assassinate President Charles de Gaulle. Apparently an upper-class Englishman, he is completely unconcerned about the consequences of his violent actions. Yet he remains resolute, ruthless and resourceful, always leaving his pursuers - and the audience - one step behind him as he effortlessly switches identities throughout his mission.

Meticulously put together by Zinnemann, with a coldly alluring performance from Fox, The Day Of The Jackal is an absolute must for any fans of a darn good thriller.

Event Information

Running Time: 2hrs 18mins

BBFC Advice: 15

Director(s): Fred Zinnemann

Country of Origin: UK & France

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Language(s): English, French & Italian with English Subtitles

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States of Danger and Deceit: European Political Thrillers in the 1970s

This film is part of States of Danger and Deceit: European Political Thrillers in the 1970s, a touring season curated by Andy Willis, Professor of Film Studies at the University of Salford and Senior Visiting Curator: Film at HOME, produced by Rachel Hayward, HOME’s Film Programme Manager, and coordinated by Jessie Gibbs, HOME Film Team. Presented by HOME as part of BFI Thriller, with the support of the BFI, awarding funds from The National Lottery.


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