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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 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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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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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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Effective and genuine film
23 May 2015 | by See all my reviews

I can recommend this little war thriller which has brains and heart behind it. Within the broad theatre of war it focuses on the moral impact of "orders" on a sensitive personality. Production values are good within the scope of the film and there are plenty of clues about the developing issue. We start to have reservations about the main character, who is clearly immature and not suited to the mission he is sent on. His behaviour is inept, but it is not hard to relate to his dilemma. The denouement winds up the story gracefully without weakening the horror of what has occurred, and in a way that the viewer does not expect, dignity is restored to the hero. I had not previously encountered the lead actor who is a little-known Canadian actor. I dislike the way he looks in this, with a neatly combed 1950s blonde quiff on which a ridiculously small beret is perched. He looks about as "French" as a bacon burger. But in a way that fits in with his feeble performance in the role of assassin. The film never goes into an examination of who was responsible for the false intelligence behind the mission. That is where the blame for the fiasco rests. But no doubt this sort of thing occurred and the people in the field never got to find out who was the author of the blunder.


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