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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mike Locken
Arthur Hill ...
Cap Collis
Jerome Miller
Yuen Chung
Lawrence Weyburn
Tom Clancy ...
Tommie (as Tiana)
Walter Kelley ...
Kate Heflin ...
Sondra Blake ...
Carole Mallory ...
James Wing Woo ...
Tao Yi
Bruce (as George Kee Cheung)


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 <>

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The C.I.A. protects America ... who protects America from the C.I.A. ! See more »


Action | Crime | Thriller


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19 December 1975 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Assassinos de Elite  »

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Most of the film's action sequences were filmed in San Francisco's Chinatown on Waverly Street, the actual site of what became known as the "Tong Wars" - vicious battles between rival groups of Chinese - that took place in Chinatown shortly after World War I. See more »


After escaping the car chase, they are seen driving along the shoreline of San Francisco Bay. This road is actually coming from Fort Point, and there is no way to get to this road from the direction they are coming from. See more »


Mike Locken: Good morning, Mac.
Mac: You look OK for a robot.
Mike Locken: Yeah, well, I ain't with all the 3 and 1 oil.
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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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(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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