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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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23 September 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Asesinos de elite  »

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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Trivia

The side-issue of whether the story is true or not has as many twists as the plot itself. As mentioned above, all the families and the SAS denied they had been consulted or involved in any way with the book. However, an article the Daily Mail Online was forced to include an amendment when the widow of Major Mike Kealy admitted she had read and approved of every page that related to her husband. See more »

Goofs

In the opening scenes Jason Stratham is using the Beretta 92F handgun first manufactured in 1992 and the film is set in 1980. However, the Beretta 92S was available in 1980 and is visually almost indistinguishable from the 92F. 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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Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.79 (2011) See more »

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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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Finally, a good action movie
17 March 2012 | by (Romania) – See all my reviews

I do try to rate films based on their relative quality to other movies from the same genre and on that scale, Killer Elite was almost perfect. Of course, expectations come into play as well, and I had expected yet another Jason Statham implausible action extravaganza and it wasn't that. Instead I got a realistic experience, a complex story, a great cast and good acting all around.

The plot revolves around Statham's character, a hired killer who decides to get out of the business. Of course, that cannot stand, and a slightly ridiculous premise puts him in the game again. Robert de Niro and Dominic Purcell are in his team, while Clive Owen plays for the others. But who are the others? What exactly is going on? What happened with the British SAS in the Oman war?

Bottom line: a political thriller this is not, but there is enough intrigue to make it all interesting. The action sequences are well done and realistic. The fact that it all happens in the 80's gives it even more grit. What I found even nicer is that both de Niro and Statham act better than they did in a long time. Good job!


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