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Birgit Haas Must Be Killed (1981)

Il faut tuer Birgitt Haas (original title)
"Hangar" is a new agency whose purpose is to carry out missions even too sensitive for the police or intelligence services. In this film, the agency must eliminate a German female terrorist... See full summary »


Laurent Heynemann


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Philippe Noiret ... Athanase
Jean Rochefort ... Charles-Philippe Bauman
Lisa Kreuzer ... Monica / Birgit Haas
Bernard Le Coq Bernard Le Coq ... Colonna
Maurice Teynac Maurice Teynac ... Chamrode
Michel Beaune ... Delaunay
Victor Garrivier Victor Garrivier ... Nader
Monique Chaumette ... Laura
Christian Bouillette Christian Bouillette
Stephan Meldegg Stephan Meldegg ... Steinhof
Peter Chatel ... Betz
Roland Blanche Roland Blanche ... Othenin
Dagmar Deisen ... Gisella
Lucienne Hamon Lucienne Hamon ... Claire, la femme d'Athanase
Axel Ganz Axel Ganz ... Weidman


"Hangar" is a new agency whose purpose is to carry out missions even too sensitive for the police or intelligence services. In this film, the agency must eliminate a German female terrorist by the name of Birgitt Haas. The murder is to be disguised as a crime of passion, so an agent must lure Birgitt into falling in love. Written by Fryingham

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An act of Patriotism. An act of Terror. An act of Love.




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France | West Germany



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2 September 1981 (France) See more »

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Head of German Terror Cell on the run from International Pursuit
7 March 2018 | by thursdaysrecordsSee all my reviews

This French/German co-production was clearly inspired by the then recent phase of nationwide terror from the German leftist "Bader-Meinhoff" organization. The title character in this multi-layered thriller is a charismatic young revolutionary who heads "Red Cell 17", an organization determined to force drastic change in German government policy, through any means necessary, regardless of cost to lives and property.

International government forces are devising a plan to "eliminate" the politically troublesome Birgitt Haas in a way that it would appear she had become entangled in a "crime of passion". Sent as "bait", a French government agent, was to become Haas' romantic interest, then set the woman up for assassination. The unexpected "twist" may be confusing, but nonetheless makes for very entertaining cinema.

I remember seeing this film on cable TV shortly after its theater run, always wishing I could find it somewhere to see it again. For fans of the genre, "Birgitt Haas Must Be Killed" will not disappoint!

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