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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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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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A chilling cinematic thriller

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Drama | War

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4 July 1958 (Ireland)  »

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Befehl zum töten  »

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The psychiatrist eye glass frames have no lenses in them. See more »

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The central story on which this film is based is true (before opening credits begin). See more »

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An interesting & emotionally powerful war film.
28 December 1998 | by (Hicksville, NY) – See all my reviews

I saw this film on the late show about 25 years ago & haven't seen it since but I still remember much of it vividly. A soldier is parachuted into occupied France during World War II & is "ordered to kill" a resistance leader who is believed to have been collaborating with the Nazis. However, as he works his way into the trust of his target, he begins to believe that he is a loyal Frenchman & not a Nazi sympathizer. He expresses his doubts to his superiors, but they order him to continue his mission. His decision & its consequences form the climax of the movie. Despite its obscurity, the film packs quite an emotional punch & I dearly wish I could see it again. Perhaps time has burnished its image in my mind, but I would rate this as a superior war movie.


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