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Killing Gunther (2017)

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A group of eccentric assassins are fed up with Gunther, the world's greatest hitman, and decide to kill him, but their plan turns into a series of bungled encounters as Gunther seems to always be one step ahead.


Taran Killam


Taran Killam
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Taran Killam ... Blake
Dave 'Squatch' Ward Dave 'Squatch' Ward ... Kolvalchik (as David 'Squatch' Ward)
Bobby Moynihan ... Donnie
Hannah Simone ... Sanaa
Marc-Anthony Massiah ... Warlord
Sylvesta Stuart ... Soldier #1
Reese Alexander ... Soldier #2
J.C. Williams ... Soldier #3
Eric Mazimpaka Eric Mazimpaka ... Soldier #4
Amitai Marmorstein ... Nate / Interviewer
Chad Sayn Chad Sayn ... Jeep Driver
Peter Kelamis ... Rahmat
Paul Brittain ... Gabe
Aubrey Sixto Aubrey Sixto ... Ashley
Joel Labelle ... Sultan


A group of eccentric assassins are fed up with Gunther, the world's greatest hitman, and decide to kill him, but their plan turns into a series of bungled encounters as Gunther seems to always be one step ahead.

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They're Out to Change the Killing Business


Action | Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, language and some sexual material | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]




English | German | Spanish

Release Date:

22 September 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Why We're Killing Gunther See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


This is the sixth film in which Arnold Schwarzenegger plays a villain. Others films were Batman & Robin (1997) and The Terminator (1984). The Long Goodbye, The Streets of San Francisco, Around the World in 80 Days. See more »


In the assault on Gunther's house, Blake kills the power and uses a night vision device but Sanaa and Donny don't, and yet they go full tilt instead of stumbling through the 'dark'. See more »


Blake: [after Gunther escapes on a chopper] He got to the chopper.
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Crazy Credits

Arnold Schwarzenegger sings in character as Cord Billmont over the credits. See more »


A Criminal Mind
Words & Music by Gowan (as Lawrence Gowan)
© 1985, OLE Mark Cain Music Publishing
Administered by OLE
All rights reserved used by permission
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Hardly 10 minutes of Arnie in a 93 minute movie! [+36%]
29 September 2017 | by arungeorge13See all my reviews

For a film that has Arnie's face at the centre occupying the most space in the poster, and has his name billed as top-cast, he's barely there. He plays Gunther, who's adjudged the greatest hit-man in the world. A cluster of tier-2 hit men (and hitwomen) led by Blake (Taran Killam, who also wrote and directed the movie) target Gunther for various reasons - some merely professional, while some purely personal.

'Killing Gunther' must have actually been the by-product of an unproduced SNL skit (as it certainly carries the vibe of one) - yes, there are indeed a few unadulterated laughs prompted by the ensemble, but the rest of the movie doesn't register (especially the action set-pieces). Even the jokes get increasingly absurd as the movie progresses and the viewer doesn't feel like backing the interests of any of the characters. In fact, we'd rather root for the rather mysterious Gunther than the buffoons we see on screen for a good 70 minutes straight.

The visual effects are tacky (yeah it's a DTV movie) and the holes in the script way too huge (even if you decide to turn your brains off and treat it all like the BS it really is). Arnie's 'cameo' comes in a lot later than expected, and when he finally makes his entry, there isn't much left to salvage as the material in hand is unfortunately too trashy.

The performances are supposed to look outlandish and hence, they are. No one really stands out in their portrayals and the chemistry amongst the group is lacking. When the supposedly clumsy cyber-nerd is the most likable character in a movie about 'professional assassins', it doesn't help elevate things even to the slightest extent. Taran Killam wants this movie to look like the parody of parodies but his attempt kicks the bucket in no time. 'Red' is a better film in this genre.

Verdict: Give this one a miss, especially if you're still an Arnie fan!

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