PG | | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A professional assassin codenamed "Jackal" plots to kill Charles de Gaulle, the President of France.
This was Fred Zinnemann's first movie in seven years. Zinnemann, who had twice won the Oscar for Best Director, had seen a project called "Man's Fate", which had spent three years in pre-production, canceled just one week before filming was scheduled to begin. His next production, an adaptation of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's "First Circle", was also canceled at an early stage.
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 ...
When the Jackal enters the flat, he opens the door with the mortice lock key but he secures it with a deadbolt above it. The gendarme shoots at the mortice lock but has no idea of the existence of the bolt yet the door opens easily.
The Cross of Lorraine, a symbol General Charles de Gaulle used during his lifetime, appears at the beginning of the film.
English, Italian, French