The Day of the Jackal

The Day of the Jackal (1973)

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Corrected entry: When the Jackal is stopped at the French border, he is sent to a room with dozens of blond guys who look like him. Despite this, he does not consequently act as if they are looking for him. As if he does not suspect the Police are looking for him, he goes into a hotel and checks in with his current name.

Correction: The Jackal crosses the border from Italy to France at 1:12:10. There are a number of people in the customs room having their luggage searched, some of whom are blonde men, some of whom are not. At this stage the police have only just discovered the Jackal's false identity and there is no alert out for him. He does not find out that the plot to kill DeGaulle has been blown until later in the film, and he has no reason to be suspicious of the people around him while having his luggage searched.

Corrected entry: 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.

Correction: I have just watched the film, paying close attention to the sequence of events in this scene. There are two Citroens shot up by the putative assassins. One has its rear windscreen shot out but we do not see the occupants - but the diminutive Mme Yvonne de Gaulle certainly is not one of them. This car is the one occupied by de Gaulle's bodyguards. Later, de Gaulle and his wife get out of the Citroen with the intact rear windscreen.

At 02:46 we see index plate of the rear car: 6352 KZ75. This is not the car DeGaulle enters. At 03.13 we see the index plate of his car: 5249 HU75. At 05:17 we see this car pull up at the airport with a slightly damaged rear windscreen. It was the other car, 6352 KZ75, that had its rear windscreen shot out, but we do not see the rear windscreen when it pulls up at the airport.

Corrected entry: In the French custom post, when The Jackal opens his suitcase for searching it has one strap. It has two straps when he closes it.

Correction: The Jackal has two suitcases, one with two buckle straps and another with only one buckle strap. When the French customs officer starts searching through the first suitcase with one strap he finds the Old Spice bottles, then it cuts to the next shot as he's finished with the Jackal's luggage, and closes the second suitcase with two straps. It is completely unnecessary to see it onscreen as the officer searches through two filled suitcases.

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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 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.

Yes but how many changes? It makes sense to change a locomotive from diesel to electric or vice versa if the railway infrastructure would require this change. On usual train routes the locmotive is changed once from diesel to electric or vice versa. On few ocasions it would be possible to change the locomotive from diesel to electric and then back to diesel so two changes on one train route in total. But it wouldn't make any sense at all to change the electric locmotive with another electric locomotive. This is a continuity error in the movie.

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?


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.

It is explained in the book but not in the film, which makes it a legitimate movie mistake. Further, that is not a moccasin he is wearing. It would not "fold flat."

Plot hole: When the French conclude - incorrectly - that Charles Calthrop is the Jackal, they contact the British authorities and obtain his file photograph from the passport office. The photograph is of Edward Fox in character as the Jackal - but it shouldn't be! The Jackal and Calthrop have no connection. The Jackal never used his identity and did not apply for a false passport in his name. The photo should have been of Edward Hardwicke in character as Charles Calthrop, who appears in the closing minutes of the film. The two actors do not look anything like each other.

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Caron: You know, sir, what they'll do to you if you don't catch this man in time.
Lebel: I've been given a job to do, so we'll just have to do it.
Caron: But no crime has been committed yet, so where are we supposed to start looking for the criminal?
Lebel: We start by recognizing that, after De Gaulle, we are the two most powerful people in France.

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Trivia: The Jackal demands $500,000 (US) to assassinate De Gaulle, which seems like a modest amount for such a dangerous job. However, when you take inflation into account that was the equivalent in 2019 money of over $4m. No wonder his putative employers are surprised.

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Question: I have seen this movie many times, but one question continues to bother me: How did the Jackal plan to escape if he was successful in shooting the president? (He had already removed his disguise).

Answer: He would have just slipped away into the crowd, probably with some minor alteration to his appearance. He was a master of disguise and no one knew his real identity or what he looked like.


Answer: When the Jackal entered the parade area, he was disguised as an old army veteran, with one leg and false I.D. When the job was done he would walk out as a younger man with two legs and another set of of false I.D.

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