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The Executioner (1975)

Permission to Kill (original title)
Western intelligence agents try, by all means necessary, to prevent a Communist-bloc defector from leaving the West in his bid to return home to lead an uprising.

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...

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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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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Budget:

$1,250,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Final spy movie of Sir Dirk Bogarde, who had appeared in a few espionage movies during the 1960s and early 1970s, including Sebastian (1968), Modesty Blaise (1966), Agent 8 3/4 (1964), and The Serpent (1973). See more »

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Music by Gottfried Windholz
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Poor directing and editing make this nigh on unwatchable
23 March 2004 | by liammurphy1See all my reviews

Don't listen to the other comments - Permission to kill has got to be one of the WORST films ever made, The directing from Frankel is appaling, The story is needlessly complicated and confusing, and the actors (especially Bogarde) look like they'd rather be somewhere else, but above all absolutely NOTHING happens, There's no one Iota of tension this is mainly down to the editing of Ernest Walter, the movie is chopped to pieces are we are left with Boring after boring scene when nothing of interest happens. With a title like 'Permission to kill' I was expecting a top-class spy thriller in the vein of Bond, But the producers forgot to add any action or suspense leaving this one of the most pointless movies ever made, Ok it's nice to see the Austrian landscape and classic film stars such as Dirk Bogarde and Ava Gardner and a young pre-bond Dalton, but this waste of celluloid sadly wastes everybody's time and talent

My vote 3/10


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