Orders to Kill

Film, Drama
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A way above average Asquith film, this is a WWII drama, with Massie sent to Occupied Paris to kill a Resistance leader (French) suspected of being a Nazi collaborator. But his target turns out to be a mild-mannered family man with Lillian Gish for a mother. Despite his doubts (later proved to be well-founded), the deed is done, and the movie starts to focus on Massie's later life. Working well in the first half as a thriller, it then turns into a Graham Greene-like, intensely Catholic study of the conflict between conscience and duty.

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Release details

Duration: 111 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Anthony Asquith
Screenwriter: Paul Dehn
Cast: Paul Massie
Irene Worth
Lillian Gish
Eddie Albert
Leslie French
James Robertson Justice
John Crawford
Lionel Jeffries
Sandra Dorne
Jacques Brunius
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