June 15, 1973 in UK cinemas: The Day Of The Jackal

“Nameless, faceless… relentlessly moving towards the date with death that would rock the world.”

The_Day_of_the_Jackal-1973The Day of the Jackal is an Anglo-French political thriller film directed by Fred Zinnemann and starring Edward Fox and Michel Lonsdale. Based on the 1971 novel The Day of the Jackal by Frederick Forsyth, the film is about a professional assassin known only as the “Jackal” who is hired to assassinate French president Charles de Gaulle in the summer of 1963.

The Day of the Jackal received positive reviews and went on to win the BAFTA Award for Best Film Editing (Ralph Kemplen), five additional BAFTA Award nominations, two Golden Globe Award nominations, and one Academy Award nomination. The film grossed $16,056,255 at the box office, and earned an additional $8,525,000 in North American rentals.

The film was the inspiration for the 1997 American film The Jackal, featuring Richard Cinema-UK-06-15-1973Gere, Bruce Willis, Sidney Poitier and Jack Black. The 1997 film is about an assassin nicknamed The Jackal who wants to assassinate a highly significant target, but other than that, it has little in common with the original story. Frederick Forsyth refused to allow his name to be used in connection with it, and director Fred Zinnemann fought with the studio to ensure that the new film did not share the first film’s title. [Wikipedia]

Watch the trailer on the UniversalMoviesINTL YouTube Channel.

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