(There are Spoilers) Looking out of it and like he hasn't slept for a few days Pat enters the noisy and dangerous "Killoran Tavern" or "Killer's" for short. The hang-out of the notorious Queens mobster Bobby-Fitz.
With a number of fights going on and nobody noticing him Pat pulls his gun out of his jacket and points it at Bobby-Fitz who's arguing with one of his hoods. Only to have the co-owner of the place Mary Killoran step in front of him and then slowly puts it back.
Mary thinking Pat is looking for a job at the bar offers him to open it up the next morning as the bartender since Teddy, who works the bar at the "Killoran Tavern", is taking the day off. It later turns out that Pat isn't really Pat "the drifter" but NYPD Detective Desmond Flynn. Det. Flynn is on the run and on the lamb from the police and in a way himself in the brutal murder of his partner Det. Thomas Hugh by the Bobby-Fitz gang.
Both Det. Flynn & Hugh were off-duty when they tried to stage a buy and bust,which is against NYPD regulations,without calling for back-up on a member of Bobby-Fitz's gang. The buy and bust backfired with Det. Hugh ending up shot dead. Desmond wanting to get the person responsible for his partner's death went to "Killers" to gun down Bobby-Fitz only to later learn that it wasn't him who was responsible for Hugh's murder; it was Bobby-Fitz's second in command Pooka. Pooka is also planing to knock off Bobby-Fitz and take over his organization and introduce illegal drugs with the help of NYC drug kingpin Lacido distribute the drugs into the neighborhood.
The movie "Killers" comes across like a TV or Broadway play not like a full length motion picture. It's that very reason that make it as interesting, and effective, as it is. All of the members of the Bobby-Fitz gang end up leaving him to his fate. But at the same time by following the deranged Pooka they as well end up dead along with him as a reward.
Bobby-Fitz who has a very strong interest in taking over "Killoran's Tavern" has it owner Mary's drunk and irresponsible brother Jimmy set up in a card sting. It's there where he's taken for $10,000.00 thus having no choice but to sign over the place to Bobby-Fitz if he want's to stay out of the hospital.
Desmond trying to keep Bobby-Fitz from destroying what both Jimmy and Mary worked all their lives for, and what their father left to them, blows his cover as a cop. This leads Desmond to end up badly beaten and almost shot to death, execution style, outside in a deserted Queens park. Desmond who then escaped from the Pooka mobsters goes back to his room at his friend Murf's to get his girlfriend Liz to come along with him. Desmond needs them to him help stop Pooka and his mobster friends from murdering both Mary and her sick, and now almost suicidal, brother Jimmy before it's too late.
Fine acting by both Hugh O'Gorman and Kathleen Warner as Desmond Flynn and Mary Killoran as well as Ed Dennehy and Todd Cosgerove as Mary's brother Jimmy and mob boss Bobby-Fitz. Their acting gives the film "Killers" the punch that it needs to get your attention and overlook it's low-budget and almost soap opera-like look. You also have to give credit to actor Todd Cosgrove who plays the vicious Pooka. Cosgrove is so good that it's hard to believe that he's really acting but is actually the murderous psycho that he's portraying in the movie.
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