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Assignment to Kill (1968)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | December 1968 (USA)
A private eye is hired by an insurance company to investigate a shipping magnate suspected of deliberately sinking his own ships for the insurance money. He finds himself involved in a web of deception, double-crossing, and murder.

Director:

Sheldon Reynolds
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Cast

Cast overview:
Patrick O'Neal ... Richard Cutting
Joan Hackett ... Dominique Laurant
John Gielgud ... Curt Valayan
Herbert Lom ... Matt Wilson
Eric Portman ... Notary
Peter van Eyck ... Walter Green
Oskar Homolka ... Inspector Ruff
Leon Greene ... The Big Man
Kent Smith ... Mr. Eversley
Philip Ober ... Bohlen
Fifi D'Orsay ... Mrs. Hennie
Éva Szörényi Éva Szörényi ... Landlady (as Eva Soreny)
Cynthia O'Neal ... Felice Valayan (as Cynthia Baxter)
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Storyline

A private eye is hired by an insurance company to investigate a shipping magnate suspected of deliberately sinking his own ships for the insurance money. He finds himself involved in a web of deception, double-crossing, and murder.

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Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

December 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Det gælder 15 millioner dollars See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Final movie of Fifi D'Orsay (Mrs. Hennie). See more »

Quotes

Curt Valayan: [looking out at the Swiss Alps] Do they make you feel small?
Richard Cutting: Mmm... no.
Curt Valayan: They make me feel small sometimes.
Richard Cutting: I'm not trying to be bigger than they are.
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Connections

Referenced in Nathan for You: Souvenir Shop; ELAIFF (2014) See more »

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leaden, plodding
15 March 2015 | by rupieSee all my reviews

I have to be the skunk at the garden party here. I disagree with the consensus that this is an "overlooked gem" of any kind. The movie is simply interminable, with a rambling, labyrinthine plot line that never quite sorts itself out. When it ends there is a general feeling of "just what the hell was that all about?" There is a plethora of endless, leaden dialogue, especially between O'Neal's and Hackett's characters. There is also surprisingly little real action, and the climactic fight scene between Cutting (O'Neal) and The Big Man (Leon Greene) is simply ridiculous. The only good things about the movie are the wonderful old Technicolor cinematography, and the Swiss scenery. Acting-wise, O'Neal is OK (that voice!) but Joan Hackett's Dominique is annoyingly cutesy/cool. Peter vanEyck's appearance is all too brief. Herbert Lom carries his usual aura of suavely subtle danger, and Oscar Homulka is always fun to watch. The only reason I watched it is that I desperately needed to fill a couple of empty hours. You probably have better things to do.


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