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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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 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 | revenge | partner | security | ninja | See All (133) »

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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

In preparation for the film, Robert Duvall and James Caan took lessons in mastering their characters' skills with Duvall taking lessons in using a rifle with infra-red scope and Caan learning to disarm the film's villains with the use of a cane. 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: I just wanna get closer to George.
Cap Collins: (laughs) So you find him and you zap him. Will that change Weyburn's mind? Will that give you back your knee and your elbow?
Mike Locken: No, no, but, uh, wherever they are I know they'll be a lot happier.
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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 The Slanted Screen (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Ramona
(uncredited)
Lyrics by L. Wolfe Gilbert
Music by Mabel Wayne (1928)
Sung light-heartedly by James Caan and Robert Duvall
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vastly underrated gem!!!!!
29 October 2003 | by (minneapolis) – See all my reviews

I consider Peckinpah one of the big five--- Kubrick. Scorsese. Walter Hill. Eastwood.--- I've seen all his films numerous times, and this one along with Garcia stands up the best to multiple viewings. It plays like a great old album. These negative comments I've read about this flick are cuuckie talk. Every spy movie since has lifted something from this movie, as a matter of fact every action flick. Great cast, and peckinpah's wonderful laid back style are the highlights. It may seem old hat now, but try erasing the last 30 years of wannabees. Great Movie!!!


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