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Orders To Kill [DVD]

Eddie Albert , Paul Massie , Anthony Asquith    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Eddie Albert, Paul Massie, Lillian Gish, James Robertson Justice, Irene Worth
  • Directors: Anthony Asquith
  • Producers: Anthony Havelock-Allan
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 17 Aug 2009
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002BC9YKM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,449 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

A WWII spy is faced with a moral dilemma in this psychological thriller from British director Anthony Asquith. When pilot Gene Summers (Paul Massie) is grounded, he reluctantly accepts an offer to join the intelligence services and train as a spy. Assigned to assassinate a French lawyer suspected of betraying the resistance, Summers begins to have doubts about the mission, which are confirmed when he actually meets his target face to face.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), WIDESCREEN (1.66:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Black & White, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: 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. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: BAFTA Awards, Cannes Film Festival, ...Orders to Kill

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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Time for a remake 29 Aug 2009
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This is a great story competently told but looks a little dated now. The spy school scenes in particular come across as very amateur and inadequate for the main protagonist's upcoming mission. Paul Massie as the nice guy with a dirty job failed to convince me that he was in mental turmoil at the prospect of doing the wrong thing. It may be overstating it but to say that he wore the same face for a catalogue of emotions may serve to sum up what I'm getting at.
Irene Worth, however, gives a powerful performance as the French contact who berates our assassin for indulging in personal judgements instead of carrying out orders. A stage actress with a very decent pedigree, she won the British Film Academy Award for her work in this film and so it is hard to understand why the only place to find her credit is on the end titles. Her name appears neither on the DVD cover with the other main actors nor any where in the blurb or on the cast list on the back.
Orders to Kill is worth a look, I'd give it three and a half stars if I could, but I think this is one that has great potential for a modern remake.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Wartime drama 21 Mar 2014
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I bought this as a gift. A wimpy squaddy bloke, is trained up and sent on a secret mission to france. Only a small cameo appearance from Lionel jeffries.
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Wonderful. Great to finally see the breakthrough performance of a great actress - Irene Worth - even though she is not pictured on the cover despite her Bafta-recognized performance. But a good product from a trustworthy seller. Thanks for making this rare gem available.
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4.0 out of 5 stars orders to Kill 7 July 2010
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Quite a rare film, not seen by me for years. It seemed very long to me and the casting is odd - Lillian Gish anyone? Eddie Albert seems to be unsure quite where he is, and Paul Massie is, well, a little bit dull. Negative thoughts aside I enjoyed it, and would recomend it as long as 108' duration and lack of much action doesn't worry you. Go for it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars MASTERPIECE 14 Nov 2011
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Many people will give CITIZEN KANE as the Welles masterpiece, without remembering THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS, (even after the studio had disgracefully changed the ending), or this wonderful piece of Grande Guignol. The cost of the DVD is worth the opening sequence alone - a real director and cinematographer working together Welles makes Heston look like a real actor, and Dietrich is magnificent. Needless to say, he steals every scene he's in himself.

Settle down with a glass of your favourite tipple and enjoy.
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