In The Day of the Jackal, the Jackal rented a garage and installed these silver colored pipes under his car.

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What is the purpose of it?

  • I haven't seen it in a long time, but it would have to be part of his gun.
    – sirjonsnow
    May 25, 2017 at 12:08

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Just to dispute the previously accepted answer (slightly), if I remember the pipes when removed from the car are connected to form the crutches used by the Jackal in disguise, and these also hold the rifle parts, so technically the answer is crutches.

  • Yes parts of guns are in black.This things are in silver, that is why marked this as accepted answer.
    – The Hawk
    May 26, 2017 at 16:08

They are part of his custom made gun/rifle he is hiding under the alfa romeo car


They are the stainless steel sections of his phony crutch, used to hide his breakdown sniper rifle so he could sneak it through the police cordon. He had wanted aluminium, but the gunsmith said it wasn't strong enough and substituted steel. He hid the whole works in a dummy section of exhaust pipe under his Alfa Romeo. In reality, blocking one of the twin exhaust pipes likely would have made the engine run very poorly (remember Axel Foley's banana-in-the-tailpipe trick?) and it would have sounded like crap, which might have tipped off an on-the-ball border guard.

Ignore the racy engine sounds of the Alfa in the movie; they were dubbed in during post-production. The director found the stock Alfa exhaust wasn't "sporty" enough, so the producers hired a British rally driver from the Ford team to rev his Escort rally car around an old airfield for an afternoon while the sound men recorded it.

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