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Orders to Kill (1958)

| Drama, War | 1958 (UK)
American agent faces an engrossing moral dilemma when he is parachuted into France to eliminate a suspected traitor in the French Resistance.



(original story) (as Donald C. Downes), (adapted for the screen by) | 1 more credit »
Won 3 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 4 nominations. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Major MacMahon
Paul Massie ...
Naval Commander
Leslie French ...
Lecturer Lieutenant
Blonde with German Officer
Jacques B. Brunius ...
Cmndt. Morand (as Jacques Brunius)
Robert Henderson ...
Col. Snyder
Miki Iveria ...
Lillie Bea Gifford ...
Mauricette (as Lillabea Gifford)
Mme. Lafitte


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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1958 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Befehl zum töten  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75: 1
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Did You Know?


Eddie Albert's part in this film (as a US Air Force major) is one of several military roles he played in his earlier career. These were satirised in 'Green Acres', when it is explained that Oliver served as US pilot in WWII and was shot down over Hungary, where he was rescued by his future wife Lisa. See more »


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 »


Referenced in John le Carré (2008) See more »


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A great sleeper that you can't find
11 May 1999 | by See all my reviews

This movie used to be on television all the time. It disappeared several years ago and hasn't reappeared on the tube or in video. It's interesting for a lot of reasons. Two great actresses, Lillian Gish and Irene Worth, are in it. Some fine British character actors including James Robertson Justice are outstanding in it. It's a suspenseful film about World War II and the scenes in Paris are particularly gripping. I too would give a lot to see it and own

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