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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.

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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:
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Major MacMahon
Paul Massie ...
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Naval Commander
Leslie French ...
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Léonie
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Kimball
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Interrogator
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Lecturer Lieutenant
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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)
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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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Befehl zum töten  »

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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 »

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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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Referenced in John le Carré (2008) See more »

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Cadet Rousselle
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A memorable film about wartime morality.
5 December 2000 | by See all my reviews

This is a quietly gripping movie about a man ordered to kill a traitor in wartime France. The protagonist bonds with his quarry and his family and agonizes over following his orders to kill. To find out whether he kills the man and whether he is guilty or innocent you'll need to see this.


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