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The Killers (1956)

Ubiytsy (original title)
Two men besiege a lunch bar looking for a third man they must kill.

Directors:

Marika Beiku (as M. Beiku), Aleksandr Gordon (as A. Gordon) | 1 more credit »

Writers:

Ernest Hemingway (short story) (as E. Hemingway), Aleksandr Gordon (screenplay) (as A. Gordon) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Yuliy Fayt Yuliy Fayt ... Nick Adams (as Yuli Fayt)
Aleksandr Gordon Aleksandr Gordon ... George
Valentin Vinogradov Valentin Vinogradov ... Al
Vadim Novikov Vadim Novikov ... Max
Yuriy Dubrovin Yuriy Dubrovin ... 1st Customer
Andrei Tarkovsky ... 2nd Customer
Vasiliy Shukshin ... Ole Andreson
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Storyline

Two men besiege a lunch bar looking for a third man they must kill.

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Genres:

Short | Drama

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Trivia

This is Andrei Tarkovsky's first student film co-directed with his brother-in-law Aleksandr Gordon while they were studying at VGIK (Moscow Film Institute) See more »

Connections

Version of The Killers (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

Lullaby of Birdland
Written by George Shearing
(1952)
Whistled by the second bar patron played by Andrei Tarkovsky
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oh interesting historical significance
20 February 2021 | by stomach17See all my reviews

This film is interesting for being what it is--a Soviet cinema school's student project depicting a Hemingway short story--one of the student performers being Andrei Tarkovsky. As a film on its own right, its acting and direction are uneven. That said, I thought some of the acting was fine. The mood is a bit too subdued and less menacing than the story as I remember it. Then again, the cast were all close to 20--so that's probably is to be expected. According to most accounts, this was the first project from the Soviet film school portraying a non Russian story--and this choice, which was freshly published at the time was chosen by the young Tarkovsky himself, 4.5 stars out of 10


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Country:

Soviet Union

Language:

Russian

Release Date:

1956 (Soviet Union) See more »

Also Known As:

The Killers See more »

Filming Locations:

VGIK Studio, Moscow, Russia

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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