Orders to Kill (1958) - Rotten Tomatoes

Orders to Kill (1958)





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The moral dilemma of a reluctant American spy is chronicled in this psychological drama. He becomes an agent after he, originally a pilot, is grounded during WW II. He is trained to assassinate a Paris lawyer suspected of colluding with the Nazis. During his rigorous training for the killing, the new spy begins to have doubts about his upcoming assignment; these doubts increase when he actually meets his prey as the spy is unsure that the lawyer is really guilty. Still he fulfills his grim duty. Later he learns that the lawyer was innocent. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi


Eddie Albert
as Maj. MacMahon
Paul Massie
as Gene Summers
Lillian Gish
as Mrs. Summers
Leslie French
as Marcel Lafitte
John Crawford
as Maj. Kimball
Lionel Jeffries
as Interrogator
Nicholas Phipps
as Lecturer Lieutenant
Anne Blake
as Mme. Lafitte
Launce Maraschal
as Gen. Nolan
Robert Henderson
as Col. Snyder
Ralph Nossek
as Psychiatrist
Boris Ranevsky
as Old German Officer
James Robertson Justice
as Naval Commander
Jacques B. Brunius
as Commandant Morand
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The director, Anthony Asquith, and the writer, Paul Dehn, have allowed the film to end on equivocation rather than statement... But Orders to Kill has a theme and a point, is not simply using the war as background.

March 30, 2020 | Full Review…

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