Orders to Kill (1958)

Genres - Action, Drama, Spy Film, War  |   Sub-Genres - Psychological Drama, War Drama  |   Run Time - 93 min.  |   Countries - UK, USA  |  
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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.

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war, agent [representative], America, assassination, assignment, barnstorming, collaborator, criminal, doubt, espionage, France, grounded [aircraft], hitman, justice, lawyer, meeting, mission [quest], Nazism, operator, radio, suspect, target [object of attack], training, treason, underground [counterculture]