In The Day of the Jackal (1973), French officials abducted Victor Wolenski and torture him about who is behind the assassination mission of the French President.

He never reveals it clearly. But somehow they guess it that he is saying Jackie or Jackal.

There is no way to guess the name because he always shouts AAAAAAAAAA.. that's it. There is no word sounding near to J while investigating him.

So how did they get his name?

  • In the book at least, Wolenski does not say "jackal". He says "chacal" -- French for jackal. In the movie version, he might be saying the same, or szakal, in the Legionnaire's native Polish. Commented May 25, 2017 at 16:23

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If you listen closely to the tape of the 'interrogation', just after his last, loudest agonized scream, Wolenksi whispers the word 'jackal' [it is quite hard to hear, especially coming from a TV broadcast]. They tentatively conclude that this is in fact the code-name of the assassin, rather than Wolenski calling the interrogator a jackal.

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