The Day of the Jackal
The Day of the Jackal (French title: Chacal) is a 1973 thriller/suspense film directed by Fred Zinnemann (Behold a Pale Horse, From Here to Eternity, High Noon) and based on the 1971 Frederick Forsyth novel of the same name. The film stars Edward Fox as a mysterious assassin known only as "The Jackal" and follows his plot to assassinate French President Charles De Gaulle and the efforts of the French authorities to stop him. The Jackal, a 1997 thriller loosely inspired by the film and its original novel, starred Bruce Willis and Richard Gere.
The following guns were used in the movie The Day of the Jackal:
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Mle 1892 revolver
A Walther P38 pistol is used by an Organisation de l'armée secrète (OAS) terrorist during a series of bank robberies that are orchestrated to pay the Jackal's fee.
Two of the OAS terrorists who ambush President De Gaulle's motorcade in the introduction use MP40 submachine guns.
Another OAS terrorist uses a M1928A1 Thompson submachine gun during the ambush of President De Gaulle's motorcade.
Various gendarmes and police officers throughout the movie are armed with MAT-49 submachine guns. Inspector Claude Lebel (Michael Lonsdale) uses a MAT-49 during the film's finale when he confronts the Jackal.
Chatellerault M1924/29 light machine gun
A third OAS terrorist uses a Chatellerault M1924/29 machine gun to shoot at De Gaulle's Citroen DS, riddling the car with bullets but failing to prevent its escape.
MAS AA-52 machine guns are co-axially mounted in Panhard AML-60 armored cars.
MAS-36 rifles are used by the firing squad that executes Lieutenant Colonel Jean Bastien-Thiry.
MAS-49 & MAS-49/56
French gendarmes are seen with MAS-49/56 rifles when they surround a hotel that the Jackal is suspected of hiding in. Later, soldiers taking part in the Liberation Day Parade also carry MAS-49/56 rifles. Some of these rifles are the longer MAS-49 easily identified by the long handguards and lack of integral grenade launcher/muzzle brake.
Custom-Made Sniper Rifle
The Jackal (Edward Fox) uses a custom made sniper rifle in the .22 caliber created by an Italian gunsmith as part of his plan to assassinate Charles De Gaulle. The rifle is fitted with a suppressor, telescopic sight, and is disguised within a set of crutches.
French soldiers drive through the streets in Panhard AML-60 armored cars.
During the grand parade of the French army on Champs-Élysées, AMX-13 light tanks make an appearance.