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The Executioner (1975)

Permission to Kill (original title)
When the exiled leader of a free party decides to return to his own country and attempt to remove the dictator currently in place there, several western governments are determined to stop ... See full summary »

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Alan Curtis
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Katina Petersen
Bekim Fehmiu ...
Alexander Diakim
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Charles Lord
Nicole Calfan ...
Melissa Lascade
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Scott Allison
Klaus Wildbolz ...
Muller
Anthony Dutton ...
Jennings
Peggy Sinclair ...
Lily
Dennis Blanch ...
Brewer
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Adams
Alf Joint ...
MacNeil
Vladimir Popovic ...
Kostas
Ratislav Plamenac ...
Pavlos
Oliver Schott ...
François
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When the exiled leader of a free party decides to return to his own country and attempt to remove the dictator currently in place there, several western governments are determined to stop him. A group is assembled, consisting of old friends, former lovers and hired assassins in order to dissuade him from returning "before his time". This group is appalled at the lengths to which western intelligence will go to stop the man from returning, and they conspire together to allow him to leave. Their plans, however, are anticipated by western intelligence which will stop at nothing to stop him, no matter who gets in the way. Written by Kevin Steinhauer <K.Steinhauer@BoM.GOV.AU>

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This is Mr. Curtis. He has permission to bloody you, compromise you, blackmail you and if all else fails...

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20 November 1975 (UK)  »

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Actor John Levene has stated in interviews he had such a horrible experience while making this film he gave up acting because of it. He returned to cinema movies with CanniBallistic! (2002) after twenty-seven years absence from the big screen but did do some work in video and television in between. See more »

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My forbidden past
26 October 2010 | by See all my reviews

Intended as a political movie (shades of Costa-Gavras' "Z"),"permission to kill" is a mess ,not only the "political " background remains very vague ,not to say simplistic but the plot is so confusing it's sometimes difficult to understand the characters' motives;a cosmopolitan cast does not help: Americans (Forrest),English (Bogarde who surprises Timothy Dalton in bed with another man ,and not an "honest "man to be precise ,French (Nicole Calfan ,not really convincing as the "hitwoman",who appears twice in the nude and a brat who has nothing to say)plus Albanian Bekim Fehmiu who died a few months ago.The ending is the perfect cliché of the political assassination.

It was the second time Bogarde had teamed up with Ava Gardner after " the angel wore red" (1961),and once again they made the bad choice.Ava Gardner,although aging,was still fascinating and the reason why I did not give up watching before the end.


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