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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 overview, first billed only:
Mike Locken
Cap Collis
Jerome Miller
Yuen Chung
Lawrence Weyburn
Tom Clancy ...
Tommie (as Tiana)
Walter Kelley ...
Kate Heflin ...
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 <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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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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Release Date:

19 December 1975 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Assassinos de Elite  »

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


As they are sailing to the Suisun Bay Mothball Fleet, they are sailing under the western span of the Bay Bridge, then you can see the Golden Gate Bridge off in the distance, which would have been shot from Berkeley, and then they are sailing along the San Francisco water front. See more »


O'Leary: [examining an ailing plant in Weyburn's office] Talking to them isn't enough. Their longevity lies within the context of your communication.
Lawrence Weyburn: Oh, I know, I know, I know. I even recite the love sonnets of Elizabeth Barrett Browning to the poor thing.
O'Leary: Hmmm. It's probably dying of boredom.
Cap Collins: Danny, how are you?
O'Leary: Did you ever consider my dear Cap how much energy you've wasted over your 47 years mustering up that good fellow smile and that insincere handshake?
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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 »


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


(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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