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

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23 September 2011 (USA)  »

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$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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$25,093,607 (USA) (11 November 2011)
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Sir Ranulph Fiennes, an English adventurer, polar explorer and former SAS man is the author of The Feather Men, the novel from which this film is adapted. Although he has often claimed the novel was a true story, the families of the real dead SAS men named in the novel who died on SAS exercises and the SAS themselves publicly attacked it as sick exploitation and complete fiction. The SAS even went on the record to disown both Fiennes and the book, with Lt-Col Ian Smith telling the Daily Mail 'It was utter b****, the figment of a fertile imagination. What was really upsetting was that it was making a story out of a tragedy.' Maggie Denaro, the widow of one of the dead SAS men said of Fiennes 'It's time he grew up. He's made his money out of the book. He should come clean. When the book came out saying Mike had been murdered, we knew it wasn't true. But that didn't stop our children from being upset when other people believed it.' Although Fiennes claims he sent a manuscript of the book to both the SAS and the families of the dead men, who gave their approval, they have all unequivocally denied his claim. See more »

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At one point there is a shot of the Eiffel Tower, featuring the lighthouse. This was added for the 21st century celebration but the movie takes place in the early 80s. 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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References The Godfather (1972) See more »

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New Race
Performed by Radio Birdman
Written by Deniz Tek
Published by Universal Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd
Master recording courtesy of Radio Birdman / Trafalgar Music Australia
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The title says it all...
26 September 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'm baffled by some of the reviews I've seen of this film. I saw it this weekend and think it's really strong. Clive Owen and Jason Statham are both excellent as... elite killers. The action is great, the story is intricate and watching the plot unfold is just fun. You've got a group of mercenaries on a dubious mission, a group of ex-SAS stumbles on to them and then both sides are trying to figure out who the other guys are and what they're up to. Maybe it throws some people that there are no clear cut good guys and bad guys here. Both sides are essentially bad guys acting out of a questionable sense of what is right. But that's what made it interesting to me.

The film is at it's best when Owen and Statham are on screen together either coming after each other, fighting or staring each other down. Add a gun wielding, ass kicking De Niro into the mix and I'm happy sitting in a dark theater and munching popcorn.


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