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Assignment To Kill (1968)

Patrick O'Neal , Joan Hackett , Sheldon Reynolds  |  NR |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Patrick O'Neal, Joan Hackett, Herbert Lom, Eric Portman, Peter Van Eyck
  • Directors: Sheldon Reynolds
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: WB
  • DVD Release Date: August 1, 2011
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00553K8TU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #139,858 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Richard Cutter isn't like most insurance investigators. Instead of being equipped with actuarial tables, he's armed with a handgun and a dismissive wit. "Why do you carry a gun?' asks the exec hiring him to probe a case of multimillion-dollar insurance fraud. "It's more effective than a hammer," Cutter replies. Patrick O'Neal brings unshakeable sangfroid to the role of Cutter in this zigzag tale of corporate cover-up and death that's less Bond-like in its pacing and style and more akin to the methodical maneuvering of Harry Palmer. Joan Hackett, Herbert Lom, Oscar Homolka and John Gielgud join O'Neal for moves and countermoves filmed in scenic Switzerland by Sheldon Reynolds (TV's Foreign Intrigue).

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent, cosmopolitan intrigue September 27, 2012
By Brian
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Well-known TV actor Patrick O'Neal gets a turn at big-screen leading man in 1968's 'Assignment to Kill,' portraying no-nonsense, whip-smart private investigator Richard Cutting with a natural, laconic self-possession generally associated with A-list mavericks like Mitchum, Marvin, Coburn and (during the period) Sinatra. The storyline, involving an insurance-scam-turned-murder-plot, is intelligent enough; the cast of international familiars, including Herbert Lom, Peter van Eyck, Eric Portman, Oskar Homolka and John Gielgud, are convincingly duplicitous enough; and the locations, shot in and around Geneva, Switzerland, are exotic enough to keep both fans of Bond and Hitchcock pleasanty entertained. The Warner Archive DVD-R offers no extras but features a clean non-anamorphic widescreen print with good color and sound that, aside from a few minor artifacts, has aged gracefully. Film rates 4-minus stars, presentation/price 3-plus.
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4.0 out of 5 stars nice little gem November 4, 2011
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I am happy that warner Bros has fineally dipped into there vaults for such nice little gems as this one. I remember seeing this picture in the theater about 40 years ago and enjoying it. It's a good flick, certineally not the best movie ever made but a descent thriller with a fine cast. Patrick O'Neal should have had a better career in my opinion.
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4.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite movies June 13, 2013
By Akorps
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I don't have the DVD from Amazon yet, but this is one of my favorite movies, so I am planning to get the DVD also. Parts of the movie are 5*, for my taste, but a couple of the actors didn't resonate as well with me as O'Neal and Homolka did. O'Neal and Homolka were just great, to my taste, and parts of the movie bring back the time and the genre perfectly, again, to my taste. Some of the scenes are just perfect, to my taste (like the early scene with O'Neal and the Swiss police officer :) Probably worth a look if you like the genre from that period.
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