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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cia | spy | revenge | partner | security | See All (266) »


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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Did You Know?


The graphic violence in the original cut of the film was cut by Sam Peckinpah so he could obtain a PG rating for the film, instead of an R. See more »


When the boy throws Mike's cane to him he throws it pointed end in front. When it cuts to Mike catching the cane it is the rounded end in front. See more »


Vorodny: You all look alike, you young mercenaries. No matter what country.
George Hansen: Well we're all idealists. Y'think we do it for the money?
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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 »


Referenced in Dinner for Five: Episode #2.10 (2003) See more »


(1928) (uncredited)
Lyrics by L. Wolfe Gilbert
Music by Mabel Wayne
Sung 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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