The Day of the Jackal is a 1973 political thriller film directed by Fred Zinnemann and starring Edward Fox and Michael Lonsdale. Based on the 1971 novel of the same name by Frederick Forsyth, the film is about a professional assassin known only as the “Jackal” who is hired to assassinate French president Charles de Gaulle in the summer of 1963.
The novel/film adaptation of “The Day of the Jackal” caused the London Public Records and Passport offices to tighten their regulations to reduce the chance of anybody stealing and using a deceased person’s identity, as the Jackal did. Frederick Forsyth said in an interview that he was aware that such things happened in the 1960s.
The Day Of The Jackal is an excellently paced movie with a compelling plot and is considered to be one of the greatest British thrillers ever made.