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Order to Kill
Italian film poster
Directed byJosé Gutiérrez Maesso
Screenplay by
Story by
  • Massimo De Rita
  • Arduino Maiuri
  • Santiago Moncada
  • Eugenio Martín
  • José Gutiérrez Maesso[1]
Produced byJosé Gutiérrez Maesso
CinematographyAiace Parolin[1]
Edited byAngel Serrano[1]
Music byAdolfo Waitzman[1]
  • Tecisa
  • B.R.C. Produzione Film
  • FRAL[1]
Distributed byAlpherat[1]
Release date
  • August 31, 1974 (1974-08-31) (Italy)
  • Spain
  • Italy
  • Dominican Republic[1]
Box office360.6 million

Order to Kill (Spanish: El clan de los inmorales, Italian: La testa del serpente) is a 1974 Spanish-Italian crime-action film written and directed by José Gutiérrez Maesso.[2][1] In the movie the police inspector (José Ferrer) offers passports to a hit man (Helmut Berger) and his girlfriend (Sydne Rome) if the hit man kills a mob boss.



Eugenio Martín minimized his contributions to the script in the film, stating that itw as "It was Maesso's project, and Moncada and I were to write it. However, there was no way we could come up with a good plot, so we soon called ourselves out. Maesso did not give up, though, and he called and Italian screenwriter to do the job" When the film was finished, Maesso credited both Moncada and Martin for their work on the film, but Martin stated that he probably did not use much of it.[3]


Order to Kill was released in Italy on August 31, 1974.[3] In Italy, the film grossed a total of 360,601,000 lire.[3]


In his book Italian Crime Filmography 1968–1980, Roberto Curti referred to the film as a "tiresome variation on the classic theme of a lonely man's vengeance, notable mainly for a script that in the second part predates Enzo G Castellari's powerful The Big Racket" and that actor Helmut Berger "is given little to do with the clichéd character".[3]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Curti 2013, p. 114.
  2. ^ Roberto Chiti; Roberto Poppi; Enrico Lancia. Dizionario del cinema italiano: I film. Gremese, 1991. ISBN 8876059695.
  3. ^ a b c d Curti 2013, p. 115.


  • Curti, Roberto (2013). Italian Crime Filmography, 1968-1980. McFarland. ISBN 978-0786469765.

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