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Khali the Killer (2017)

R | | Crime, Drama | 31 August 2018 (USA)
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After deciding to retire, an East L.A. hit man decides to take one last job to help support his ailing grandmother's end of life care. But everything falls apart when he develops empathy ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Ryan Dorsey ... Axel
Richard Cabral ... Khali
Corina Calderon ... Cori
Clayton Cardenas ... Pimp
Declan Michael Laird ... Mormon
Doc Farrow ... Veteran #2 (as J DOC Farrow)
Chalet Lizette Brannan ... Tori
Johnny Rey Diaz ... Henchman #2
Joey Abril ... Henchmen (as Jose Abril)
Wilson Ramirez ... Executioned Gangster
Gabby Kono ... Becca
Deena Freeman ... Sarah
Chelsea Debo ... Sofi
Raul Colon ... Gangster
James Bane ... Nurse George


After deciding to retire, an East L.A. hit man decides to take one last job to help support his ailing grandmother's end of life care. But everything falls apart when he develops empathy for the targets of his hit, and he's forced to make the toughest decision of his life.

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Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language throughout, some violence and drug use | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

31 August 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Khali, the Killer - Leben und sterben in East L.A. See more »


Box Office


$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Khali is named after the Nahautl word, "Caullli,"which means, "good." But Khali is spelled like the Hindu goddess of destruction. An unintentional double meaning. See more »

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Not your typical hit man film and that's a good thing!
2 November 2017 | by blueknowserSee all my reviews

The title was a bit misleading but I really liked where this film went. Richard Cabral played Khali beautifully and with a really convincing passion and frustration. An ex East LA gang member gone solo who doesn't speak Spanish but knows lot's of Spanish phrases as pick up lines. Corina Calderon is also very talented, beautiful and convincing in her role as the ex and current love and co-motivator. Khalis grandmother is also his motivation. There is a certain level of both humour and desperation in all of the main characters throughout the film. The male nurse and the grandmother in particular stand out for some likable absurdities. Like the title, the opening scene would lead you to expect a slightly higher level of hit man skill and less vulnerability from Khali than transpires but it all seems to work in the end. Overall while a bit slow burning the film left me smiling and wanting to see a lot more of the characters. Definitely a film worth watching

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