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From Istanbul, Orders to Kill (1965)

Da Istanbul ordine di uccidere (original title)
A starving writer is offered $20,000 by an old friend in the intelligence service to pose as "Felix," an international smuggler, because the writer looks exactly like this Felix.


Carlo Ferrero (as Alex Butler)


Carlo Ferrero (screenplay) (as Alex Butler), Frank Mirror (screenplay) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview:
Mauro Parenti Mauro Parenti ... John / Felix (as Christopher Logan)
Geraldine Pearsall Geraldine Pearsall
Lucretia Love ... Leah
Sam Tinkham Sam Tinkham
Nino Fuscagni Nino Fuscagni ... (as Juri McFee)
Paul Muller
Lupe Sangarra Lupe Sangarra
Calibe Serel Calibe Serel
Frank Vidaris Frank Vidaris
Margie Landford Margie Landford
Art Tinkham Art Tinkham


A starving writer is offered $20,000 by an old friend in the intelligence service to pose as "Felix," an international smuggler, because the writer looks exactly like this Felix.

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From Istanbul, orders to kill...but to cancel a contract meant to cancel your life!


Action | Drama







Release Date:

17 December 1965 (Italy) See more »

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Sigma Film See more »
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Color (Ferraniacolor)
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Edited into Operation: Secret Agents, Spies & Thighs (2007) See more »

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This extreme low budget euro-spy is........
6 January 2018 | by jeroenalmarSee all my reviews

Well how to start, ........ this movies resembles some kind of summer high school project. Is appears to be shot with a single camera. "Action" scenes are usually shot from a tower and seems to be shot on normal streets. In a certain kidnapping scene on a street in Istanbul body language from bystanders seem genuinely puzzled. Probably the crew did not have money to get the permits or something like that.

Characters come and go without any character development. The main character switched clothes from a t shirt to a suit every few scenes. There is a doppelganger theme here and in the end they both appear but it is unclear who is who. The two female leads are confusingly look alike even they are different people.

The "grand finally" the cameraman apparently climbed in a tree to shoot his scene with his handheld camera. The director made one more even more obscure movie that has hardly any info on IMDB.

This movie is as low budget as it gets. The good thing is that is all shot on actual streets (Rome and Istanbul) and real hotel rooms.

I was kind of pulled by the incredible low key of it all. With the travelogue of how Istanbul was in the 1960's as its best point. But after 2 viewings I still had no idea what was going on.

This movie is a real headscratcher , but if it was indeed some summer school project I am impressed. If this was a serious attempt on making a studio financed movie it is the biggest joke in movie history.

Will I watch it again? Yes I will, I am intrigues by this completely offbeat ineptly made travelogue. See it for yourself.

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