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Film Review - Day of the Jackal, The
In 1973 this story was only looking back 10 years, and in 1973 this was a fast-paced gripping film. But 25 years later The Day of the Jackal is slow and smart, but has a very poor ending.
The film, based on the novel by Frederick Forsyth, takes place in the early 1960s. A group of disgruntled soldiers have decided to assassinate President Charles De Gaulle. So the bad guys hire a hit man (Edward Fox). He contracts out the job of building a special gun with exploding bullets. Then the writer had a brain fart.
So the killer, and true professional in his business, decides to screw some woman he meets in a hotel. Then he decides to follow her home, screw her again and then kill her. He leaves a huge trail behind him. Sorry, not buying it.
OK, so there is one good character, Inspector Thomas (Tony Britton) who is very good. The end, weeeeellll, it doesn't make sense. I can't buy it either.
Directed by Fred Zinnemann
Released in 1973
MPAA Rating: PG
Reviewed by Mongo