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    Day of the Jackal (1973)

    I was channel surfing one night a few years ago while fighting the flu and stumbled on to this little gem. I had only seen the (97) Bruce Willis version and vaguely remember that this was a remake. While more of a thriller than a gun movie.....a silenced .22mag and a few pistols here and there .....ohh yeah and the end of the movie shot from a pistol that launches the man to the upper part of a wall......other than that scene i really enjoyed the total 70's look of the movie. check it out if you get a chance. as an after thought to keep this on topic....the moral of the story is that criminals and terrorist willl always have access to firearms.


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    It is the early 60s in France. The remaining survivors of the aborted French Foreign Legion have made repeated attempts to kill DeGaulle. The result is that he is the most closely guarded man in the world. As a desperate act, they hire The Jackal, the code name for a hired killer who agrees to kill French President De Gaulle for half a million dollars. We watch his preparations which are so thorough we wonder how he could possibly fail even as we watch the French police attempt to pick up his trail. The situation is historically accurate. There were many such attempts and the film closely follows the plot of the book. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>
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    It was an excellent movie. Better than the remake.
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    A fine taut thriller. Edward Fox is outstanding as The Jackal. Fred Zinnemann excellent Directing as usual.
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    I found myself rooting for the French detective, who has his own quiet ruthlessness.

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    Boy, oh boy! I have not seen that movie in ages. What channel was it on if I may ask? Rabbit ears or cable/dish?

    That was a very good movie. I saw both versions but it was a long time ago.

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    @Loosedhorse...... I felt conflicted as well as i kinda wanted the jackal to complete his mission but was cheering on the inspector to.

    @Catherine....... I watched it about 2-3 years ago on (I believe) TCM on cable. Turner Classic Movies


    And would like a accurate count of how many dang cigarettes were smoked by the inspector and his cohorts ......:-)

    FYI I just ordered the DVD thru amazon for about $8.95.
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    The original was a mystery-suspense-thriller of the old school. The remake was a "action movie". The original will be around after the remake is forgotten.

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    I take it I am alone in enjoying Bruce Willis' rendition? "Don't run, you'll bleed faster!"
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    @ ErikO I didnt mind the Bruce Willis version, but I just couldnt get over Richard Gere and that horribly fake Irish accent. In this rendition I was hoping trhat the Jackal would take out his target and Richard Gere at the same time
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    In this rendition I was hoping that the Jackal would take out his target and Richard Gere at the same time.
    Now that would have been a blessing!
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    I haven't seen either one all the way through. Gonna have to fix that this winter.
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    I enjoyed the remake, but the original was better. I even got a kick out of bruce willis bleach blond and Gere's horrible accent. The remote gun was pretty cool too!
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    Watch the original when you are in the mood for a suspense movie; watch the remake when you are in the mood for an action flick.
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    ...or read the book by Frederick Forsyth, its better than both movies.

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    The book was great, although I no longer remember the details 35 years after the reading, but I remember it entranced me for a week.
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