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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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MEN WANTED. Private company with C.I.A. contract seeks men willing to risk life. Perfect physical condition. Experience with weaponry, incendiaries, Karate/Judo. No loyalties. No dependents. Long career doubtful. See more »


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Release Date:

19 December 1975 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Assassinos de Elite  »

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The final sequence was filmed aboard a "Victory" cargo ship that actually served in both World War II and Vietnam War and also onboard the Mothball Fleet in Suisun Bay. See more »


At 49 minutes, when Mike is leaving Amy's house, the close-up of Mike getting into his car shows two children playing nearby but in the long shots the children are not there. See more »


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 »


Referenced in Passion & Poetry: Sam's Trucker Movie (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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