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Killers Three (1968)

M | | Crime, Drama | November 1968 (USA)
Two backwoods North Carolinians (Robert Walker, Jr., and Dick Clark, who also produced) rob a bootlegger's safe, kill several people in the process, and head for California with Walker's ... See full summary »

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Johnny Warder
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Carol Warder
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Roger
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Guthrie
Maureen Arthur ...
Elvira Sweeney
Tony York ...
Tony
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Charlie
Bonnie Owens ...
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John 'Bud' Cardos ...
Bates
Beach Dickerson ...
Scotty
Jerry Petty ...
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Clint Stringer ...
Sheriff Homer Brown
William Alspaugh ...
Lester Meed
Douglas Barger ...
Felix
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Two backwoods North Carolinians (Robert Walker, Jr., and Dick Clark, who also produced) rob a bootlegger's safe, kill several people in the process, and head for California with Walker's wife (Diane Varsi). Merle Haggard appears as a sheriff and sings the title song and "Mama Tried." Written by alfiehitchie

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Filmed Entirely In The Boot-Leg Backwoods of The Carolinas! See more »

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November 1968 (USA)  »

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Merle Haggard's song 'Mama Tried' was originally written as the theme song for this film. See more »

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Dick Clark's name is spelled in lower case letters in the opening credits. See more »

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Featured in Dusk to Dawn Drive-In Trash-o-Rama Show Vol. 2 (1996) See more »

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The Ballad From Killers Three (Mama Tried)
Written and Sung by Merle Haggard
available on Capitol Records
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Inept Bonnie and Clyde retread
24 November 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In this exploitation flick, Johnny (Robert Walker, Jr.) is a driver for a backwoods moonshine boss, constantly outrunning a pair of inept Feds. Hi Army buddy, Roger (Dick Clark) comes to visit Johnny, wife Carol (Diane Varsi), and their son Tony. The first half of the film is slow-moving and dull, but once Johnny hatches a far-fetched robbery plan that backfires miserably, all four are on the run and the movie picks up somewhat. In the spirit of BONNIE AND CLYDE, which was released the previous year, KILLERS THREE attempts to draw a sympathetic picture of Johnny, Carol, and Roger as they successfully evade the authorities through the underbrush of North Carolina. In the final ten minutes, the movie succeeds on this score, only because in the shadow of overwhelming fire power provided by the Feds and the cops, the running criminals seem almost brave as they fight on. On reflection, though, it is only dumb luck and a contrived script that keeps them going. The stupidity of their crimes and continued killings works against the fragile sympathy evoked here and there during the course of this crude movie. You can tell this film was tailor-made for drive-in showings -- Merle Haggard's repetitive Greek-chorus balladeering reiterates all plot points two, three, maybe four times; when the talk-talk-talk gets too cooked, the makers throw in a car chase. You get the idea.

Walker and Clark fare well despite the ludicrous things their characters are called upon to do; sadly, Varsi sleepwalks through the complex role of Carol, although she does have a surprising nude scene.


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