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When his mentor is taken captive by a disgraced Arab sheik, a killer-for-hire is forced into action. His mission: kill three members of Britain's elite Special Air Service responsible for the death of his sons.

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Storyline

Loosely based on a true story, Killer Elite pits two of the worlds' most elite operatives - Danny, a ruthless killer-for-hire (Jason Statham) and Hunter, his longtime mentor (Robert De Niro) - against the cunning leader of a secret society of former Special Air Service operatives('Clive Owen'). Covering the globe from Australia to Paris, London and the Middle East, Danny and Hunter are plunged into a highly dangerous game of revenge and deception - where things are not always what they appear to be. Written by Anonymous

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May the Best Man Live

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Action | Crime | Thriller

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Rated R for strong violence, language and some sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

23 September 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$9,300,000 (USA) (23 September 2011)

Gross:

$25,093,607 (USA) (11 November 2011)
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The first film distributed by Open Road Films. See more »

Goofs

In some of the stunts Danny performs while he is tied to a chair there is no seat part and front legs of the chair, there is only the back portion of the chair. See more »

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[first lines]
Title Card: The world is in chaos. The economic crisis continues as an oil crises looms. War rages everywhere. It is a time of revolution, assassination and covert operations.
Title Card: It is 1980.
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Peaches
Performed by The Stranglers
Written by Hugh Cornwell (as Cornwell), Jet Black (as Duffy), Dave Greenfield (as Greenfield) and Jean-Jacques Burnel (as Burnel)
Albion Music Ltd.
Published by Complete Music Ltd / Universal Music Publishing MGB Australia Pty Ltd.
Licensed courtesy of EMI Records Ltd
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It's more than just about good versus bad.
25 September 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie is first-rate entertainment. It is one of the better action movies. Jason Statham and Clive Owen are great as operatives who try to out-fox each other, taking them all over the world. As for Robert DeNiro, he is, as usual, great. Although he's in a supporting role, his presence definitely adds to the movie's entertainment value. Yet the best feature of the movie is the story, which is clever, straightforward, and engages the audience. This movie has an unusual plot in that one is never certain who are the good guys and the bad guys. In fact, by the end of the movie, that question is still unanswered but by then it really doesn't matter because the story is more than just about good versus bad.


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