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The Killer Elite (1975)

Mike Locke, 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 ... 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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The C.I.A. protects America ... who protects America from the C.I.A. ! See more »

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Action | Crime | Thriller

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Mandarin

Release Date:

19 December 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Assassinos de Elite See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,000,000, 31 December 1975
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (DeLuxe)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

During the escape from Chinatown in the modified cab, one of the passengers mocks the driver by saying, "Who do you think you are? Stiriling Moss?" Moss was a British Formula One racing champion who retired in 1961. At the time of original release, it would have been a more universally recognized comparison, not the obscure footnote it has become in the new millennium. See more »

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Mike Locken has plaster full-limb casts cut off his leg and arm. These plaster casts are semi-permanent casts meant to immobilize broken bones for long periods of time, from many weeks to several months. However, Mike's casts also cover surgical wounds from the shattered bones being surgically repaired. These surgical wounds have dressings that need changed regularly, probably daily, and would never be so permanently covered. See more »

Quotes

Lawrence Weyburn: I checked with the staff doctor, Mike. I also called a friend who is considered to be one of the best orthopedic surgeons in the world. He says, given a year, you may be able to walk up a flight of stairs. That leg of yours will never be anything but a wet noodle.
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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 »

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Soundtracks

Ramona
(1928) (uncredited)
Lyrics by L. Wolfe Gilbert
Music by Mabel Wayne
Sung by James Caan and Robert Duvall
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vastly underrated gem!!!!!
29 October 2003 | by jukeschnoorSee all my reviews

I consider Peckinpah one of the big five--- Kubrick. Scorsese. Walter Hill. Eastwood.--- I've seen all his films numerous times, and this one along with Garcia stands up the best to multiple viewings. It plays like a great old album. These negative comments I've read about this flick are cuuckie talk. Every spy movie since has lifted something from this movie, as a matter of fact every action flick. Great cast, and peckinpah's wonderful laid back style are the highlights. It may seem old hat now, but try erasing the last 30 years of wannabees. Great Movie!!!


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