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Birgit Haas Must Be Killed (1981)
"Il faut tuer Birgitt Haas" (original title)

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"Hangar" is a new agency whose purpose is to carry out missions even too sensitive for the police or intelligence services. In this film, the agency must eliminate a German female terrorist... See full summary »

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Cast

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Athanase
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Charles-Philippe Bauman
Lisa Kreuzer ...
Monica / Birgit Haas
Bernard Le Coq ...
Colonna
Maurice Teynac ...
Chamrode
Michel Beaune ...
Delaunay
Victor Garrivier ...
Nader
Monique Chaumette ...
Laura
Christian Bouillette
Stephan Meldegg ...
Steinhof
Peter Chatel ...
Betz
Roland Blanche ...
Othenin
Dagmar Deisen ...
Gisella
Lucienne Hamon ...
Claire, la femme d'Athanase
Axel Ganz ...
Weidman
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"Hangar" is a new agency whose purpose is to carry out missions even too sensitive for the police or intelligence services. In this film, the agency must eliminate a German female terrorist by the name of Birgitt Haas. The murder is to be disguised as a crime of passion, so an agent must lure Birgitt into falling in love. Written by Fryingham

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An act of Patriotism. An act of Terror. An act of Love.

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2 September 1981 (France)  »

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Try to see it subtitled if you can....
4 October 2012 | by See all my reviews

....because I saw it dubbed (in English) and it definitely loses a lot of its impact. The dubbing for Philippe Noiret and Jean Rochefort's characters is decent, but Lisa Kreuzer has been given a thick German accent that renders about half of her dialogue indecipherable. Noiret plays a high-ranking French secret agent who plans to use down-and-out, unemployed, abandoned by his wife everyman Rochefort as the patsy in an assassination plot: the target is German nymphomaniac ex-terrorist Kreuzer! It's an interesting, though far-fetched premise (after all, the authorities already have an agent planted in an affair with Birgitt, why couldn't they have used him?), but the film mostly falls flat; Laurent Heynemann directs in a TV-movie style (and if you check IMDb you'll see that he did spend most of his career in television). The only sequence that works up some suspense comes after about 90 minutes! The performances by all three leads are fine, but, as I mentioned before, the English dubbing makes it hard to fully appreciate them. **1/2 out of 4.


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