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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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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 ...
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Irvin Mosley Jr. ...
Mail Truck Guard (as Irvin Mosley)
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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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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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7 July 1964 (USA)  »

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Ernest Hemingway's The Killers  »

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Trivia

NBC made a deal with MCA Inc., to produce a series entitled 'PROJECT 120', a series of two hour features made especially for TV. The first one would be "Johnny North" aka "The Killers", but due to the violence and sexual content the title was changed and released in movie theaters. See more »

Goofs

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Quotes

Charlie Strom: Whoever laid this contract wasn't worried about the million dollars, and the only people that don't worry about a million dollars are the people that have a million dollars.
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Too Little Time
Music by Henry Mancini
Lyrics by Don Raye
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Violent 60's film with standout cast
26 April 2002 | by See all my reviews

Director Don Siegel's "The Killers" is very loosely based on the Hemingway short story with few similarities. Two killers (Lee Marvin and Clu Gulager)complete an easy hit-for-hire but wonder why their victim, although warned in advance, didn't run away from them. After piecing together some information, they realize that the $25,000 they got for the hit is a drop in the bucket compared to a missing million dollar stash of stolen loot. After questioning a few "witnesses" they discover that the man they killed had been double-crossed and had lost his will to live. Throw in Angie Dickinson as a two-timing temptress and Ronald Reagan (of all people) as a nasty double-dealing henchman and you've got one violent movie without any good guys in sight. Marvin and Gulager are excellent as the hit men and John Cassavettes is also great as their hapless and resigned victim. Reagan, who supposedly regretted his turn here as a villian, is surprising effective. It was the only time in his career he played a "bad guy". Angie Dickinson, of course, is no mere window-dressing. She gives everyone a run for their money as the best-looking devious dame on the planet. "The Killers", which was originally made for TV, but released in theatres instead due to its violent subject matter, is a one-of-a-kind early 60's film noir. It may have little to do with Hemingway's story, but I'm sure "Papa" would have enjoyed it anyway.


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