Simply put, the most compelling countdown to an attempted assassination that I’ve ever seen. Even though we know beforehand De Gaulle was to die by aneurysm instead of sniper shot, every minute of this nearly two and a half-hour blow by blow procedural is completely and one hundred percent gripping.
Edward Fox as The Jackal is phenomenal. Michael Lonsdale as the haggard inspector Lebel is perfect. And director Zinnemann doesn’t waste a single frame. As for whatever studio “genius” decided there needed to be a remake of this movie (Richard Gere and Bruce Willis in ‘97s The Jackal)…that’s who should be targeted for assassination.
The Day of the Jackal is pure cinema. But don’t take it from me. Rent this sucker…now!