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The Killers (1964)

Surprised that their contract victim didn't try to run away from them, two professional hit men try to find out who hired them and why.

Director:

Don Siegel (as Donald Siegel)

Writers:

Ernest Hemingway (story), Gene L. Coon (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lee Marvin ... Charlie Strom
Angie Dickinson ... Sheila Farr
John Cassavetes ... Johnny North
Clu Gulager ... Lee
Claude Akins ... Earl Sylvester
Norman Fell ... Mickey Farmer
Ronald Reagan ... Jack Browning
Virginia Christine ... Miss Watson
Don Haggerty ... Mail Truck Driver
Robert Phillips ... George Fleming
Kathleen O'Malley ... Miss Leslie - the receptionist
Ted Jacques Ted Jacques ... Gym Assistant
Irvin Mosley Jr. Irvin Mosley Jr. ... Mail Truck Guard (as Irvin Mosley)
Jimmy Joyce Jimmy Joyce ... Salesman
Davis Roberts ... Maître D'
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Storyline

A remake of The Killers (1946) which itself was inspired by the Ernest Hemingway short story. Told instead from the hitmen's point of view, the killers decide to find out why their latest victim (a race car driver) "just stood there and took it" when they came to shoot him. They also figure on collecting more money. Ronald Reagan plays a rich, double-crossing financier. Lovely Angie Dickinson plays the femme fatale. Written by Mark Logan <marklo@west.sun.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 October 1964 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Ernest Hemingway's The Killers See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Revue Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastman Color by Pathé)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Don Siegel wrote his own script for the film, which he eventually handed over to Gene L. Coon to use as his own final script. See more »

Goofs

Towards end of film, camera shadow is visible on Jack Browning's rifle case as he exits his car. See more »

Quotes

Charlie Strom: Lady, I don't have the time.
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Connections

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Soundtracks

Too Little Time
Music by Henry Mancini
Lyrics by Don Raye
Sung by Nancy Wilson
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Gripping noir film with a host of well-known actors who contribute to the movie's success
23 July 2010 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

This remake of the classic film with the same name (1946) by Robert Siodmak deals with two hired killers (Lee Marvin , Clu Gulager in similar role to William Conrad and Charles McGraw) who murder a man (John Cassavetes replacing Burt Lancaster) at a blind school . The cold-bloody assassins look into his past and by means flashbacks , attempting to solve leads as to why their victim calmly waits for his death and find tracks to a 100.000 dollars robbery . The gunmen discovering his involvement with crime boss (Ronald Reagan , alike role Alfred Dekkker ) and the gangster's moll (Angie Dickinson in the character of Ava Gardner).

This noir film packs action , thrills, suspense, tension , thundering drama and a mighty punch in some exciting scenes . It's loosely based very vaguely on a short story by Ernest Hemingway and originally pretended for television but exhibited to the cinemas due a its lots of violence . This thrilling story with intricate argument plenty of turns and twists , revolves around two assassins revealing surprise after surprise . Noteworthy portrayals come from menacing Ronald Reagan as a racketeer in his last movie, and of course Lee Marvin and Clu Gulager give towering performances as the gunfighters . There's also a magnificent action from John Cassavetes in the pivotal role and Angie Dickinson as gorgeous Femme Fatale and shooting to stardom in one of his first films . Atmospheric musical score by John Williams , subsequently famous as composer of Steven Spielberg films . Rating : Better than average . It's a good film that ensures the nervous intrigue never lets up from the first moment and realized in efficient style by Donald Siegel , then at the peak of his Hollywood career and future author of Charly Varrick, Coogan's bluff and Dirty Harry and sequels. Well worth watching .


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