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The Killers (1964)

 -  Crime | Drama | Mystery  -  7 July 1964 (USA)
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Surprised that their contract victim didn't try to run away from them, two professional hit men try to find out who hired them and why.

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Cast

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Sheila Farr
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Johnny North
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Lee
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Earl Sylvester
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Mickey Farmer
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Virginia Christine ...
Miss Watson
Don Haggerty ...
Mail Truck Driver
Robert Phillips ...
George Fleming
Kathleen O'Malley ...
Miss Leslie - the receptionist
Ted Jacques ...
Gym Assistant
Irvin Mosley Jr. ...
Mail Truck Guard (as Irvin Mosley)
Jimmy Joyce ...
Salesman
Davis Roberts ...
Maître D'
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Storyline

Supposedly based on the short story by Ernest Hemingway. In this film noir, two hitmen want to find out why their latest victim (a race car driver!) "just stood there and took it" when they came to shoot him. Ronald Reagan plays a rich, double-crossing bad guy. A young Angie Dickinson (looking just like Ellen Barkin) plays the femme fatale. Written by Mark Logan <marklo@west.sun.com>

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There is more than one way to kill a man!


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7 July 1964 (USA)  »

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Ernest Hemingway's The Killers  »

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The only movie in which Ronald Reagan plays a bad guy. He reportedly hated doing it. See more »

Goofs

Early in the movie, Johnnie comes in off the track after a solo test session. There are no other cars on the track and he has "goggle eyes" i.e. dirt on his face except where his driving "glasses" were. Drivers only look like that after having been in a race. Since he was on the track by himself, there would be no source of that dirt (from other cars). See more »

Quotes

Charlie Strom: You see, the only man that's not afraid to die is the man that's dead already.
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Connections

Version of The Killers (1946) See more »

Soundtracks

Too Little Time
Music by Henry Mancini
Lyrics by Don Raye
Sung by Nancy Wilson
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Cast Is More Intriuging Than The Story
14 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A bunch of well-known 1960s actors dot this film, with lesser-known but familiar faces also in here. He's not in the lead, but the most famous, of course, is former U.S. President Ronald Reagan. The stars of the film are the always- intense Lee Marvin, Clu Culager, John Cassevetes, Angie Dickinson, Claude Aiken and Norman Fell. I would like to have witnessed rehearsals for this film!

The story starts off very strong, then gets stupid with an annoying romance between Cassevates and Dickinson (complete with affected dialog) and then finishes very strong in the last 35 minutes. The ending is excellent. I guess you could label this a '60s version of film noir, especially since it is something of a re-make of the 1946 noir of the same name.

It seemed odd to see Reagan as the villain and makes the film less credible because it doesn't fit his image. Marvin, however, always is a convincing villain. What a great voice he had, too! In all, despite the cast and the good director (Don Siegel), this film never had the impact it could have had n audiences.


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