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The Killer Elite (1975)

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

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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
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Josephine
Carole Mallory ...
Rita
James Wing Woo ...
Tao Yi
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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 (265) »

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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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PG | See all certifications »

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19 December 1975 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Assassinos de Elite  »

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Trivia

Sam Peckinpah was assigned to direct this film by Mike Medavoy, the head of United Artists at the time. Medavoy believed in Peckinpah's abilities but knew that it was virtually impossible for Peckinpah to get a job with any of the studios, as he had alienated virtually everyone in Hollywood by that time. When this project came along Medavoy knew it was perfect for Peckinpah and gave it to him, but under the conditions that he worked under Medavoy's strict supervision. Peckinpah agreed. See more »

Goofs

At 0:29 minutes into the film, Locken is in a restaurant with a woman. Depending on point of view, a cigarette appears and disappears from her left hand. See more »

Quotes

Tommie: Got lots of girls?
Mike Locken: Yeah, tons o' them. I send my extras over to Turkey for harem duty.
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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 »

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Ramona
(1928) (uncredited)
Lyrics by L. Wolfe Gilbert
Music by Mabel Wayne
Sung by James Caan and Robert Duvall
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Very good film, but not good for those who want the quick rush...
29 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have a friend who likes action films, but is not familiar with action films of the 70s. Every time I bring over a 70s flick, like this one, she complains that it's too slow and boring. I tell her that it's because there is a plot and character development that modern action films lack. She doesn't care about that, she just wants to see the action scenes and the violence. This is pretty typical of those who are hooked into music videos and video games that have no plot, no character development, are finished quickly, and exist only for immediate gratification of the need for an adrenaline rush, like one minute carnival rides. If this is what you like, you won't like this film. But if you enjoy good character and story development, you won't be disappointed.


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