Quotes from the Movie The Day of the Jackal

This is a once in a lifetime job. Whoever does it can never work again.

The Jackal

It's possible. The point is getting away with it. And speaking as a professional, that's a very important consideration.

The Jackal

You see, gentlemen, not only have your own efforts failed, but you've rather queered the pitch for everyone else.

The Jackal

In this work you simply can't afford to be emotional. That's why you've made so many mistakes.

The Jackal

You have to employ a professional. Your organization is so riddled with informants that nothing you decide is a secret for long.

The Jackal

Half a million. In cash. Half in advance, and half on completion.

The Jackal

Considering you expect to get France in return, I'd have thought it a reasonable price.

The Jackal

I'm not sure yet but probably not more than 400 feet.

The Jackal

Well I might get the chance but I doubt it. In any event I'll need a silencer to escape.

The Jackal

We are not terrorists, you understand. We are patriots. Our duty is to the soldiers who've died fighting in Algeria, and to the three million French citizens who have always lived there.

Col. Rodin

Speaking as a professional, do you think it's possible?

Col. Rodin

But if we decided to employ a professional...

Col. Rodin

Over what range will you fire?

The Gunsmith

Will the gentleman be moving?

The Gunsmith

What about the chance of a second shot?

The Gunsmith

Will you go for a head shot or a chest shot?

The Gunsmith

In that case you'd better have explosive bullets. I can prepare a handful along with the gun.

The Gunsmith

But no crime has been committed yet, so where are we supposed to start looking for the criminal?

Caron

We start by recognizing that, after De Gaulle, we are the two most powerful people in France.

Lebel

Excuse me, but it has just occurred to me that we have forty-eight hours in which to find this Jackal.

Lebel

Am I right in assuming that the President has no engagements outside the Elysee Palace today, tomorrow and Saturday ?

Lebel

And what is Sunday, August the twenty-fifth?

Lebel

The prime minster, sir. That he said if there's the remotest possibility of General de Gaulle's life being threatened by a person of these islands, then it is to be stopped. And he's given me full powers and top priority.

Insp. Thomas

No, of couse not, sir. I've got to drop whatever I'm doing, and I shall need six of your best men, straight away.

Insp. Thomas

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