The Killer Elite (1975)
Average Rating: 5.6/10
Reviews Counted: 10
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 4
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This second-string Sam Peckinpah action film features James Caan as ex-CIA agent Mike Locken, who has retired due to injuries received at the hands of his ex-partner George Hansen (Robert Duvall). But Mike is lured out of retirement to protect Yuen Chung (Mako), an Asian political leader. There's a contract out on Yuen Chung's life -- and the killer assigned to rub out Yuen Chung is none other than Mike's former partner, George Hansen. The confrontation between the two leads to a showdown on a
Dec 17, 1975 Wide
Feb 23, 1999
MGM Home Entertainment
George Kee Cheung
W. Wallace Kelley
James Wing Woo
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The Killer Elite is directed and acted with a certain nice style, but it puts us through so many convolutions of the plot that finally we just don't care.
A fable of self-romanticizing paranoia, acknowledged as a splendid private joke played from deep within a corporate potboiler
Misunderstood at the time of its release, this is essentially a droll parody of espionage thrillers with plenty of chases and shoot-outs presented in an absurdist, mocking tone by director Peckinpah.
An underrated CIA thriller directed by Sam Peckinpah with lots of quirky offhand moments.
Shoe-leather tough but refreshingly low key for Peckinpah.
Audience Reviews for The Killer Elite
- Mike Locken: You're not a psycho. You're, you're the patron poet of the manic depressives.
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