THE DAY OF THE JACKAL (1973)
A seminal piece of 70’s cinema, Fred Zimmerman’s adaptation of Fredrick Forsyth’s 1971 novel introduced the world to one of its most iconic assassins: the Jackal. Edward Fox is graceful and chilling as the mysterious international killer looking to take out Charles de Gaulle in 1963, and the film sets the tone for many of the pictures mentioned above by forensically constructing the Jackal’s mission and the police hunt on his tail, with no easy answers by the end. A half-hearted stab at a remake happened in 1998’s The Jackal but this remains the touchstone, and one of those cold 70’s thrillers that marked its decade.
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