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The Executioner (1975)

Permission to Kill (original title)
When the exiled leader of a free party decides to return to his own country, and attempts to remove the dictator currently in place there, several western governments are determined to stop... See full summary »

Director:

Cyril Frankel

Writers:

Robin Estridge (screenplay), Robin Estridge (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dirk Bogarde ... Alan Curtis
Ava Gardner ... Katina Petersen
Bekim Fehmiu ... Alexander Diakim
Timothy Dalton ... Charles Lord
Nicole Calfan ... Melissa Lascade
Frederic Forrest ... Scott Allison
Klaus Wildbolz Klaus Wildbolz ... Muller
Anthony Dutton Anthony Dutton ... Jennings
Peggy Sinclair Peggy Sinclair ... Lily
Dennis Blanch Dennis Blanch ... Brewer
John Levene ... Adams
Alf Joint ... MacNeil
Vladimir Popovic ... Kostas
Ratislav Plamenac Ratislav Plamenac ... Pavlos
Oliver Schott Oliver Schott ... François
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When the exiled leader of a free party decides to return to his own country, and attempts to remove the dictator currently in place there, several western governments are determined to stop him. A group is assembled, consisting of old friends, former lovers, and hired assassins in order to dissuade him from returning "before his time". This group is appalled at the lengths to which western intelligence will go to stop the man from returning, and they conspire together to allow him to leave. Their plans, however, are anticipated by western intelligence, which will stop at nothing to stop him, no matter who gets in the way. Written by Kevin Steinhauer <K.Steinhauer@BoM.GOV.AU>

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This is Mr. Curtis. He has permission to bloody you, compromise you, blackmail you and if all else fails...

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Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

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Country:

UK | Austria | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 November 1975 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Executioner See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

John Levene (Adams) stated in interviews, that he had such a horrible experience while making this movie, that he gave up acting because of it. He returned with CanniBallistic! (2002) after a long absence from the big screen, but did some work on video and television in-between. See more »

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Music by Gottfried Windholz
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Despite being about espionage, the film is incredibly slow and a bit dull.
3 January 2019 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I watched "Permission to Kill" because I have long thought Dirk Bogarde is one of the finest actors of his age. Sadly, however, the plot and slow pacing made this more an endurance contest as opposed for a showcase for his immense talents.

Alan Curtis (Bogarde) is a master manipulator. During the initial part of the story, he entraps a variety of people in order to force him in his latest project--to stop a dissident from returning to his home country. However, they resent him and it's doubtful that the plan will come off as Curtis has planned.

The big problem is that the film took forever for anything significant to happen. Instead, it was talky and ponderous...moving at a glacial pace and providing little in the way of fun or entertainment.


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