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The Killers (1964)

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Original title: Killers, The

Running Time
1 hour, 33 minutes

Country USA

Production Companies
Revue Studios

Studio Universal

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Other Titles
• The Killers (1964)
• Ernest Hemingway's The Killers
• Der Tod eines Killers (1964)

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Genre: Crime, Drama, Suspense, Murder, Disturbing, Femme Fatale, Scams And Cons, Investigation, Thieves, Deception

Tagline: There is more than one way to kill a man!

Plot: Don Siegel's adaptation of the previously filmed Ernest Hemingway story stars Lee Marvin as professional hit man Charlie. After Charlie and colleague Lee (Clu Gulager) force their way into a school for the blind and kill Johnny North (John Cassavetes), one of the teachers, Charlie wonders why the victim offered so little resistance--and why he was paid so much for the job. He also recalls rumors that Johnny was mixed up in a million-dollar heist. They visit Johnny's former partner, Earl Sylvester (Claude Akins), and learn that he had been a race-car driver. Led astray by femme fatale Shiela Farr (Angie Dickinson) before a big race, he racked up his car, ending his driving career. Earl spots Shiela with the wealthy Browning (Ronald Reagan) and realizes that his friend's been set up. Shiela approaches Johnny, who's working as a mechanic, and persuades the driver to take a job as wheelman in a mail-truck robbery Browning's devised. She plans for the two of them to double cross Browning and take off with the money. The film is a lean and mean daylight noir, with an entertainingly sociopathic Marvin. Reagan is good in a villainous role he later regretted having done.

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 Directed by
Don Siegel
Dirty Harry, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Escape from Alcatraz
 Written by
Ernest Hemingway
To Have and Have Not, The Killers, For Whom the Bell Tolls
Gene L. Coon
The Questor Tapes, No Name on the Bullet, Dragnet
Lee Marvin
The Dirty Dozen, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, The Caine Mutiny
Angie Dickinson
Ocean's Eleven, Pay It Forward, Sabrina
John Cassavetes
Rosemary's Baby, The Dirty Dozen, The Fury
Ronald Reagan
Roger & Me, Dark Victory, Kings Row
Clu Gulager
A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy's Revenge, The Last Picture Show, The Return of the Living Dead
Claude Akins
Rio Bravo, The Caine Mutiny, From Here to Eternity
Norman Fell
The Graduate, Bullitt, Inherit the Wind
 Music By
John Williams
Schindler's List, Saving Private Ryan, Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back



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