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The Killers (1946)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 30 August 1946 (USA)
Hit men kill an unresisting victim, and investigator Reardon uncovers his past involvement with beautiful, deadly Kitty Collins.

Director:

Robert Siodmak

Writers:

Anthony Veiller (screenplay), Ernest Hemingway (from the story by)
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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 3 wins. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Burt Lancaster ... Ole 'Swede' Anderson
Ava Gardner ... Kitty Collins
Edmond O'Brien ... Jim Reardon
Albert Dekker ... Big Jim Colfax
Sam Levene ... Police Lt. Sam Lubinsky
Vince Barnett ... Charleston
Virginia Christine ... Lilly Harmon Lubinsky
Jack Lambert ... 'Dum-Dum' Clarke
Charles D. Brown Charles D. Brown ... Packy Robinson - Ole's Manager
Donald MacBride ... R.S. Kenyon
Charles McGraw ... Al
William Conrad ... Max
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Storyline

Two professional killers invade a small town and kill a gas station attendant, "the Swede," who's expecting them. Insurance investigator Reardon pursues the case against the orders of his boss, who considers it trivial. Weaving together threads of the Swede's life, Reardon uncovers a complex tale of treachery and crime, all linked with gorgeous, mysterious Kitty Collins. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Trivia

The boxing match in the third flashback was filmed in a boxing arena for an audience of 2000 spectators. Burt Lancaster trained for two months with a boxing champion and played the part of the Swede with realism, against a real boxer, until his second KO and TKO. See more »

Goofs

When Reardon goes to visit Lubinsky, it's clear that neither Lubinsky nor his wife have been informed of The Swede's death. By the end of their conversation, Lubinsky talks about having claimed The Swede's body and informs Reardon that the burial is later that day. See more »

Quotes

Charleston: Charleston don't talk, see. Even if he's worked over head to foot by experts.
[takes a drink]
Charleston: Charleston never talks.
Jim Reardon: Good enough. You know what happened to the Swede?
Charleston: I know plenty, mister. Plenty. Only I ain't tellin'.
[takes a drink]
Charleston: Old Charleston's the little monkey with his hands over his mouth.
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Referenced in The Outfit (1973) See more »

Soundtracks

With Plenty of Money and You
(1936) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played on piano in Lou Tingle's cafe
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"How well did you know the Swede?"
1 August 2016 | by elvircorhodzicSee all my reviews

Incredibly an exciting beginning of a movie. The murderers who kill without explanation and victim calmly awaits death. THE KILLERS is out of sync movie, which does not affect much on a very good story and a solid noir atmosphere. Flashbacks are chronologically nonlinear, are manifold, but are quite clear. Most attract attention, because the reconstruction of the victim's life. Looking at the other side, they are only an attempt to illuminate the case in which the robbed factory. The heart of the story is certainly not an insurance investigator. He is only an intermediary.

The story is quite complicated and tense. Therefore, conclusions can be multiple. Why man quietly waiting for its own liquidation? For love or fraud. The victim of femme fatale or just a criminal who fell in love with the wrong woman.

One of the protagonists patiently solve the mystery. He waits until all the attributes are not in his hands.

Burt Lancaster as Pete Lund/Ole "Swede" Andreson is handsome and muscular actor who in all solid pace. For the first important role quite decent. Although I think it director spared some embarrassment. Several times he was close. Ava Gardner as Kitty Collins was prickly as a femme fatale. The lady who cut the flow of the story. Although I was fascinated by her beauty, I have not regretted the fate of her character at the end of the film. Edmond O'Brien as Jim Reardon is cunning, cold and relentless investigator in the style of a real detective. On one side is a bad copy of the Bogart, on the other hand the result of the popularity of such characters in film noir.

The film has a slow tempo with a lot of uncertainty and tension. The sharp dialogues, gloomy atmosphere and fatalistic tone determined work on which the movie is based.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 August 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ernest Hemingway's The Killers See more »

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$58,222
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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