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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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MEN WANTED. Private company with C.I.A. contract seeks men willing to risk life. Perfect physical condition. Experience with weaponry, incendiaries, Karate/Judo. No loyalties. No dependents. Long career doubtful. See more »

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Action | Crime | Thriller

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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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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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (DeLuxe)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The final sequence was filmed aboard a "Victory" cargo ship that served in World War II and the Vietnam War, and also on-board the Mothball Fleet in Suisun Bay. See more »

Goofs

In the freighter graveyard scene, Miller holds a submachine gun identified as an Uzi. In fact, it is an Ingram Mac-10 with a cosmetic attachment to make it appear superficially like an Uzi. Furthermore, when first shown in Miller's hands, the attachment is on upside-down, putting the large front sight assembly on the bottom of the weapon instead of the top. In the next shot, the attachment is correctly oriented. See more »

Quotes

George Hansen: You just retired, Mike. Enjoy it.
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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

A longer version of the film exists which contains the graphic violence that was cut to obtain the PG rating. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Dinner for Five: Episode #2.10 (2003) 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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Let's Go Bananas!
27 July 2004 | by JRotten9802See all my reviews

To all the long-faced dimwits bemoaning the decidedly uncontentious tone of this picture, I've three words: Get a life! First off, the "The Killer Elite" is a rip-roaring gasser about the most offbeat assassins to ever walk the earth. Burt Young versus ninjas? James Caan and Robert Duvall serenading CIA safe houses? Where do I sign? Maybe some also bellow on about how watered-down "The Killer Elite" is amongst the Peckinpah pantheon, but I put this to you: how many "PG"-rated pictures include defectors getting their brains blown out, as sanguine life sprays the walls? Not many. Third off, the nihilistic corporate pecking order as portrayed in the film sums up the old "Alfredo Garcia" "no heroes" mentality quite nicely. Mako and Gig "Fred C. Dobbs" Young are there to party, Caan, Duvall, and Young seem to be having the time of their lives, so what are we waiting for? "Let's go bananas."


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