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The Day of the Jackal, a review by Jimmy


Title: The Day of the Jackal (1973)

Genre: Political Thriller
Director:  Fred Zinnemann
Rating: PG
Length: 2h23
Video: Widescreen
Audio: English
Subtitles: English, French and Spanish

Edward Fox   
Terence Alexander
Michel Auclair
Alan Badel
Tony Britton

Based on Frederick Forsyth's best-selling novel of political intrigue, 'The Day of the Jackal' tells of a cold, suave British assassin hired by the French OAS to kill General Charles de Gaulle. Nameless and faceless, the killer, known by the code name of Jackal (Edward Fox), relentlessly moves toward the date with death that would rock the world. The tension mounts as the methodical preparations of the Jackal are paralleled with the efforts of the police to uncover the plot, which gives the story non-stop, edge-of-your-seat suspense.

My Thoughts:
I know this film is certainly much more known that every others I've reviewed here previously, but we never know maybe it's an unknown one for some members. This film was americanize in 97 and it's the first time that I watch the original one (it was a part of my wishlist for a long time but I've finally got it sooner this year from Eric). The story looks more credible for me in this film. Firstly the target is a real person (I can add that he is the most respected French President for a large part of my province and I am a part of them. As a nation we owe a lot to him) and the reason for killing is completly believable. Secondly the Jackal isn't an over the top killer, he looks and acts like a normal person, for me this is more a credible representation of how those political assasin works. Thirdly the Jackal doesn't look invinsible, he can make error and the director doesn't need to make than obvious1. Don't expect an over the top action festival this isn't The Jackal or Jason Bourne, but if you expect a believable thriller that will catch your attention for all its running time and great acting (I was really impress by Edward Fox) this one is for you. The only little critic that I could make, even if I can understand the reasonning, is the fact that the French don't use their native language when they speak to each other (by exemple in the crisis cabinet reunion). Like I've said I understand the reason (most people don't watch movie to read a book) but this would have add more reality to the story.

No problem to recommand this one. You see I don't watch only obscure dirty movie :laugh:

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(From The little known movie review depot on April 16th, 2009)

Member's Reviews

Detroit Rock City, a review by samuelrichardscott

Detroit Rock City (1999) R2 United Kingdom

Known as the greatest band in the land, KISS rocked the world during the 70's with their outrageous lyrics and eccentric style. Paying tribute to the legendary rock band that gave new meaning to the term 'Rock Superstar', DETROIT ROCK CITY is an hilarious coming-of-age comedy about four teenagers who embark on a wild pilgrimage to attend a KISS concert in Detroit. Driven by their passion to see their favourite rock group live, the teens will stop at nothing to scam their way into the sold out concert.

My Thoughts:
Before I start, I suppose I should say that I don't really care for KISS or their music but I do enjoy comedies about having to get something or somewhere (like Newcastle season tickets in Purely Belter). I actually picked this up because of actress Melanie Lynskey who doesn't get as much recognition as she deserves and she is unfortunately underused here, albeit in a nice little sideplot. There is a great cameo from Shannon Tweed (who is married to Gene Simmons) and as a whole the cast are OK for the movie with Edward Furlong and Lin Shaye putting in the better performances. As far as the story goes, it's what you expect. Everything goes wrong and then everything goes right. The only real problem with this movie is the lack of laugh out loud moments. There are one or two but I expect more from this type of comedy. Still, it's worth picking up. 3/5

(From Never Ending Movie Marathon (short reviews) on June 21st, 2010)

Member's TV Reviews

Angel Marathon, a review by addicted2dvd

Angel: Season 5

19. Time Bomb
Original Air Date: 4/28/2004
Although Illyria rescues Gunn, Angel realizes she must be killed after her body begins a deadly physical breakdown which could unleash enough power to destroy the world.

Guest Stars:
Jaime Bergman
Jeff Yagher
Adam Baldwin

My Thoughts:
I loved how this one began... I really got a kick out of how Illyria saved Gunn from the Hell Dimension. But over-all while a decent episode... it is not one I cared too much for.

My Rating:

(From Angel Marathon on March 24th, 2010)