PG | | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A professional assassin codenamed "Jackal" plots to kill Charles de Gaulle, the President of France.
The first scene filmed was the Jackal's meeting with the OAS members. It took three days to shoot, as Edward Fox was having a hard time getting into the character. Director Fred Zinnemann eventually realized that he was concentrating too heavily on the scene. He and Fox took a long car ride, and he assured Fox that it wouldn't harm his career if he didn't get it right, since he had been BAFTA-nominated. They went back to the set and filmed the scene effortlessly.
August 1962 was a stormy time for France. Many people felt that President Charles de Gaulle had betrayed the country by giving independence to Algeria. Extremists, mostly from the Army, swore to kill him in revenge. They banded together in an ...
(at around 1h 40 mins) On leaving Mme de Montpellier, the Jackal takes her car. His bag is on the bonnet, then suddenly disappears just before he drives off.
The Cross of Lorraine, a symbol General Charles de Gaulle used during his lifetime, appears at the beginning of the film.
English, Italian, French