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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 »


Jon Matthews



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Credited cast:
Richard Cabral ... Khali
Clayton Cardenas ... Pimp
Corina Calderon ... Cori
Ryan Dorsey ... Axel
Chelsea Debo ... Sofi
Wilson Ramirez ... Executioned Gangster
M@tch ... Latino Gangsta
Joey Abril ... Henchmen (as Jose Abril)
Chalet Lizette Brannan ... Tori
Raul Colon ... Gangster
Ben Bela Böhm ... Head Chef Jeff
Deena Freeman ... Sarah
Johnny Rey Diaz ... Henchman #2
Doc Farrow ... Veteran #2 (as J DOC Farrow)
Vivienne Powell ... Malibu Sands Manager


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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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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21 June 2018 | by eperineSee all my reviews

Jon Matthews' Khali the Killer is one of the intresting dramas of the century. It bolsters viewers through a captivating dilemma of whether to choose feelings over intentions. Ideally, this the same situation experienced by everybody in the real world though not the murderous nature. Indeed, I am tempted to believe, Mathews directed the movie as an encouragement to many disappointments experienced by people. Khali the Killer is one such movie suited for all audience with parental guidance recommended at different scenes. In the movie, the role of Khali is taken by Emmy-nominated actor Richard Cabral. Evidently, he is the acclaimed LA hitman who turns into a good guy. From the onset, the resounding background gives him the right profile for the job; however, as the scenes unfold one is tempted to have him as the favorite character. For example, I found myself rooting for him throughout the movie. Khali seemed to have his heart in the right place, but he could not get ahead in life. He wanted to do the right thing, but life kept throwing him curveballs. As a result, he decided to face what life had provided. Critically, this is a motivation for people to always turn their challenges into opportunities. Khali lives with his ailing grandmother, Sarah played by Deena Freeman. She had developed dementia and needed appropriate care. It is the motivation and love for her that drives his desire for another hit job. Khali's life changes when his last hit job forces him to focus on what he does for a living. Khali's estranged wife, Cori, played by the beautiful actress, Corina Calderon. After realizing her predicament, Cori moved on with her life by marrying a straight lace geeky type guy, a total opposite of Khali. She was searching for stability and a better life for her daughter despite being in love with him. She constructs a list of questions to see which man knows her best. Khali again shows his soft side by answering her questions correctly proving he is the one who "gets her." Overall, a great cast and the talented directing demonstrated by Jon Matthews in Khali the Killer makes it a must-see movie.

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