MOVIE REVIEW: THE DAY OF THE JACKAL

13. May 2011, 18:17 | by WD Milner | Full Article |

I first saw this movie many years ago. Based on a novel by the same name by Frederick Forsyth, and while it was not a huge box office success by today’s standards it was well received. I was pleased to discover it was available on DVD. It has some great actors, some of whom were well known but early in their careers such as Michel Lonsdale and Derek Jacobi and Edward Fox, who plays the Jackal, a well known actor.

The story for a modern audience is a bit dated, revolving around political intrigues and an assassination attempt on Charles de Gaulle, former president of France from the end of World War II to the 1970’s for those too young to remember him. Nevertheless it is a well done drama, if at times slow moving by current standards.

Younger movie goes will see the resemblance to the 1997 movie The Jackal starring Bruce Willis and Richard Gere et al. The 1997 is a modernized and updated remake of the original,however it loses something in the process.

Overall an excellent movie, if not quite up to the explosive action levels of modern films, and well worth watching, especially for those who like the modern remake and want some perspective on how things were shuffled in the rewrite.

(This review has been posted on Amazon.ca.)

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Keywords: Day of the Jackal,Jacobi,Forsyth,Lonsdale,Fox,de Gaulle

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