The Day of the Jackal

The Day of the Jackal ★★★★½

“They shoot like pigs.”
-Charles de Gaulle

The Day of the Jackal is the most low key epic ever created, like one of Cecil B. DeMille grandiose bible adventure but set inside someone’s kitchen. Frederick Forsyth's 1971 novel was the bases for the film, which depicts the travels of a hit man with a contract on the French president, as well as the manhunt for him. Two and a half hours of slowly building tension, that spends much of the time attempting to profile an emotional void. The best thing I can say about any film is that it’s unique; and there has never been another Day of the Jackal – even when there was.

My Fox brothers role of choice remains James in Performance (1970), but I have an immense fondness for Edward Fox that would make me a gushing Jackal fan – even if the film weren’t brilliant (which it is). The elder Fox’s most prominent roles are attached to minimal screen time. His five-minute reaction scene in Ghandi (1982) might be an artistic high, but it just makes the amount of screen time Fox enjoys here, a larger treat. A slow burn with a blinding flame.

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