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The Killer Elite (1975)

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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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George Hansen
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
George Cheung ...
Bruce (as George Kee Cheung)
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Storyline

Mike Locken is one of the principle 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 | revenge | partner | security | ninja | See more »

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Pain is Only a Side Effect, Death is the Cure See more »

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Action | Crime | Thriller

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19 December 1975 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Assassinos de Elite  »

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Trivia

The climactic battle in the film used three different styles of martial arts: karate, ninjitsu and sword fighting. See more »

Goofs

In the freighter graveyard scene, Miller holds a submachine gun identified as an Uzi. In fact, it is an Ingram Mac-10 with a cosmetic attachment to make it appear superficially like an Uzi. Furthermore, when first shown in Miller's hands, the attachment is on upside-down, putting the large front sight assembly on the bottom of the weapon instead of the top. In the next shot, the attachment is correctly oriented. See more »

Quotes

Mike Locken: [looking at fake taxi cab] Well it, uh, blends in all right. What else has it got that makes it so charming?
Mac: Gas tank is tucked under the rear seat. Steel plate wrap-around, reinforced bumpers. And it's a fully blown engine.
Mike Locken: How come we never used it before?
Mac: I just got it, Mike. Some union guy put it all together, bulletproof glass, and then they shot him in bed. I got it from his widow.
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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 »

Connections

Featured in Passion & Poetry: Sam's Killer Elite (2013) See more »

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Ramona
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Lyrics by L. Wolfe Gilbert
Music by Mabel Wayne (1928)
Sung light-heartedly 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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