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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.

Director:

Anthony Asquith

Writers:

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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eddie Albert ... Major MacMahon
Paul Massie ... Gene Summers
Lillian Gish ... Mrs. Summers
James Robertson Justice ... Naval Commander
Leslie French Leslie French ... Lafitte
Irene Worth ... Léonie
John Crawford ... Kimball
Lionel Jeffries ... Interrogator
Nicholas Phipps ... Lecturer Lieutenant
Sandra Dorne ... Blonde with German Officer
Jacques B. Brunius Jacques B. Brunius ... Cmndt. Morand (as Jacques Brunius)
Robert Henderson Robert Henderson ... Col. Snyder
Miki Iveria ... Louise
Lillie Bea Gifford Lillie Bea Gifford ... Mauricette (as Lillabea Gifford)
Anne Blake ... Mme. Lafitte
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Storyline

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

Genres:

Drama | War

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | French | German

Release Date:

1958 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Befehl zum töten See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75: 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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

Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: BOSTON, U.S.A., 1944. See more »

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Referenced in John le Carré (2008) See more »

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A powerful movie with tremendous moral dilemmas & lessons to be contemplated
11 November 2003 | by Atty1337See all my reviews

This World War II movie has a realistic well written script, good acting and presents the viewer with a powerful moral dilemma to contemplate about war. Do you follow orders regardless of what your own observations suggest you do? I saw this movie 40 years ago and have never forgotten it. The tragedy is that it apparently did not have big promotional dollars behind it so has never reappeared. Nine stars out of ten.


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