The Day of the Jackal

Corrected entry: After Col. Rolland plays the tape revealing the identity of the traitor, a minister walks from the room and passes Rolland who has one hand on his forehead. Cut to a rear view and now Rolland has both hands on the tape player.

Correction: Thats not Col Rolland playing the tape, its Claude Lebel-the detective.

Corrected entry: When the Jackal aims to assinate the French president, he misses. But why does the bullet explode in mid-flight? It doesn't hit anything.

Correction: The bullet actually hits the cobbled street, then explodes.

Corrected entry: The action takes place in 1963. At the hotel Madame de Montpelier writes down her date of birth as 1933 and speaks of her 19 year old son? She would have given birth aged 11.

Correction: She's a snooty aristocrat. As if she's going to admit her real age. She was probably born in the early twenties but has cut ten years off her age for appearances sake.

Corrected entry: When the Jackal arrives at the house used to shoot at the president, he unhooks his leg (folded behind him as part of his disguise) and he is wearing just a sock. as he is walking up the stairs to the room he also has a sock but, while sitting waiting for the president to arrive, we see he is now wearing two shoes. Where did the second shoe come from?

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Correction: This is explained in the book. The shoe is strapped to the inside of his strapped up leg. He uses mocassins so they will fold flat.

Corrected entry: When the Jackal boards the train for Paris, about 40 minutes from the end of the film, the engine of the train is blue; when the train arrives in Paris, the engine is red.

Correction: The train has had a change of engine en route. The original engine was diesel and arriving in Paris was electric. This would actually have happened but wasn't shown as it would serve no part in telling the story.

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At the beginning, just after the title credit the President's car is machine gunned and you see the back windshield shatter and disintegrate. Moments later the car arrives at the airport with the windshield intact. We see de Gaulle get out of the car with the intact rear windscreen.

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Fred Zinnemann wanted the Jackal to be played by an anonymous actor, so he passed over established stars such as Michael Caine, Roger Moore, and Jack Nicholson in favor of Edward Fox. He later admitted that his decision might have been what contributed to the film's sub-par performance at the box office.

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