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The Killer Elite (1975)

PG  |   |  Action, Crime, Thriller  |  19 December 1975 (USA)
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Mike Locke, who works for a private security firm affiliated with the CIA, is betrayed by his partner and left apparently crippled for life.

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Mike Locken
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Arthur Hill ...
Cap Collis
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Jerome Miller
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Yuen Chung
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Mac
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Lawrence Weyburn
Tom Clancy ...
O'Leary
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Tommie (as Tiana)
Walter Kelley ...
Walter
Kate Heflin ...
Amy
Sondra Blake ...
Josephine
Carole Mallory ...
Rita
James Wing Woo ...
Tao Yi
George Cheung ...
Bruce (as George Kee Cheung)
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Storyline

Mike Locken is one of the principal members of a group of freelance spies. A significant portion of their work is for the C.I.A. and while on a case for them, one of his friends turns on him and shoots him in the elbow and knee. His assignment, to protect someone, goes down in flames. He is nearly crippled, but with braces is able to again become mobile. For revenge as much as anything else, Mike goes after his ex-friend. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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cia | spy | revenge | partner | security | See All (266) »

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They Protect Us from the Enemy. But Who Protects Us from Them? See more »

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Action | Crime | Thriller

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Also Known As:

Assassinos de Elite  »

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Trivia

This film was the last collaboration between Sam Peckinpah and composer Jerry Fielding with Fielding stating that it was time for them to end their creative partnership. See more »

Goofs

In the party sequence early in the film, we first see (in long shot) a woman who is seated on a sofa with George Hansen behind her. The woman is wearing a blue dress, the top of which is open in front and her right breast is clearly and fully exposed. In the next shot (from a different angle) we see that her breasts are tucked neatly into the dress. See more »

Quotes

Mike Locken: No, hold, hold it Jerome. Jerome. Don't, uh, don't pull down on a cop.
Fake Officer: Do what he says, Jerome.
[Jerome shoots the cop]
Mike Locken: Oh, are you crazy? Now you just made me an accessory.
Mac: Mike, there's a garbage truck blockin' the alley and no garbage in sight.
Mike Locken: Yeah I know, I wish Miller were in it.
Jerome Miller: Forget it. He's no cop.
Mike Locken: What d'ya mean he's no cop?
Jerome Miller: Look at his gun. Tell me that's not a 9mm Star, and I'll kiss your ass.
Mike Locken: And just from that you knew that?
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Crazy Credits

This film is a work of fiction. There is no company called Communications Integrity NOR ComTeg and the thought the C.I.A. might employ such an organization for any purpose is, of course, preposterous. See more »

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Referenced in Dear Phone (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

Ramona
(1928) (uncredited)
Lyrics by L. Wolfe Gilbert
Music by Mabel Wayne
Sung by James Caan and Robert Duvall
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What would you take to sell your friend?
23 May 2002 | by (Georgia, USA) – See all my reviews

Entertaining and fairly gritty look at the real life undercover spooks who do the CIA's dirty work or sometimes are bought by the highest bidder.

Contains some parallels to Peckinpah's greatest film THE WILD BUNCH in that it explores themes of obsolescence, integrity, loyalty, and friendship. Caan and Duvall are at the top of their game and supporting actors Burt Young, Bo Hopkins, and Gig Young lend credibility as guys who are willing to play the dirty game.

Jerry Fielding score as in THE WILD BUNCH is superb. 4 out of 5 stars


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