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Orders to Kill (1958)

American agent faces an engrossing moral dilemma when he is parachuted into France to eliminate a suspected traitor in the French Resistance.

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Won 3 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Major MacMahon
Paul Massie ...
Gene Summers
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Mrs. Summers
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Naval Commander
Leslie French ...
Marcel Lafitte
Irene Worth ...
Léonie
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Maj. Kimball
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Interrogator
Nicholas Phipps ...
Lecturer Lieutenant
Sandra Dorne ...
Blonde with German officer
Jacques B. Brunius ...
Cmndt. Morand (as Jacques Brunius)
Robert Henderson ...
Col. Snyder
Miki Iveria ...
Louise
Lillie Bea Gifford ...
Mauricette (as Lillabea Gifford)
Anne Blake ...
Mme. Lafitte
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American agent faces an engrossing moral dilemma when he is parachuted into France to eliminate a suspected traitor in the French Resistance.

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4 July 1958 (Ireland)  »

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Befehl zum töten  »

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Excellent film with some notable performances.
1 June 2005 | by (United Kingdom Isle of Mull) – See all my reviews

This remarkable little film contains some excellent performances, the best of all coming from Irene Worth (Leonie, Paul's contact in occupied Paris), and from Leslie French as the suspected informer Lafitte. The musical score too is noteworthy, particularly when it picks up a nursery tune used by Paul to commit details of his mission to memory and amplifies it to emphasise the horrible consequences. The script and handling of Paul's doubts (brushed aside by Worth) and finally the completion of his mission are unforgettable. It should be noted that this is one of the best scripts from the film critic Paul Dehn - he also made a notable contribution to Jack Clayton's fine film "The Innocents".


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