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The Killer Elite (1975)

Mike Locken, who works for a private security firm affiliated with the C.I.A., is betrayed by his partner and left apparently crippled for life.

Director:

Sam Peckinpah

Writers:

Marc Norman (screenplay), Stirling Silliphant (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Caan ... Mike Locken
Robert Duvall ... George Hansen
Arthur Hill ... Cap Collis
Bo Hopkins ... Jerome Miller
Mako ... Yuen Chung
Burt Young ... Mac
Gig Young ... Lawrence Weyburn
Tom Clancy Tom Clancy ... O'Leary
Tiana Alexandra-Silliphant ... Tommie (as Tiana)
Walter Kelley Walter Kelley ... Walter
Kate Heflin Kate Heflin ... Amy
Sondra Blake ... Josephine
Carole Mallory ... Rita
James Wing Woo James Wing Woo ... Tao Yi
George Cheung ... Bruce (as George Kee Cheung)
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Storyline

Mike Locken is one of the principal members of a group of freelance spies. A significant portion of their work is for the C.I.A. and while on a case for them, one of his friends turns on him and shoots him in the elbow and knee. His assignment, to protect someone, goes down in flames. He is nearly crippled, but with braces is able to again become mobile. For revenge as much as anything else, Mike goes after his ex-friend. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Taglines:

They Protect Us from the Enemy. But Who Protects Us from Them? See more »

Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The climactic battle in the film used three different styles of martial arts: karate, ninjitsu, and sword fighting. See more »

Goofs

At 0:29 minutes into the film, Locken is in a restaurant with a woman. Depending on point of view, a cigarette appears and disappears from her left hand. See more »

Quotes

Mike Locken: I just wanna get closer to George.
Cap Collins: (laughs) So you find him and you zap him. Will that change Weyburn's mind? Will that give you back your knee and your elbow?
Mike Locken: No, no, but, uh, wherever they are I know they'll be a lot happier.
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Crazy Credits

This film is a work of fiction. There is no company called Communications Integrity NOR ComTeg and the thought the C.I.A. might employ such an organization for any purpose is, of course, preposterous. See more »

Alternate Versions

Swedish cinema version was pre-cut from 3365 m to 3110 m by the distributor (however no violent scenes was omitted). Then the Swedish censors cut the movie from 3110 m (114 min) to 3040m (111min). Some shootings and a karate fight were cut. See more »

Connections

Featured in Dusk to Dawn Drive-In Trash-o-Rama Show Vol. 2 (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Ramona
(1928) (uncredited)
Lyrics by L. Wolfe Gilbert
Music by Mabel Wayne
Sung by James Caan and Robert Duvall
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User Reviews

 
What would you take to sell your friend?
23 May 2002 | by george_chabotSee all my reviews

Entertaining and fairly gritty look at the real life undercover spooks who do the CIA's dirty work or sometimes are bought by the highest bidder.

Contains some parallels to Peckinpah's greatest film THE WILD BUNCH in that it explores themes of obsolescence, integrity, loyalty, and friendship. Caan and Duvall are at the top of their game and supporting actors Burt Young, Bo Hopkins, and Gig Young lend credibility as guys who are willing to play the dirty game.

Jerry Fielding score as in THE WILD BUNCH is superb. 4 out of 5 stars


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Mandarin

Release Date:

19 December 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,000,000
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (DeLuxe)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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