The Killers (1964)

The Killers


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Critic Consensus: Though it can't best Robert Siodmak's classic 1946 version, Don Siegel's take on the Ernest Hemingway story stakes out its own violent territory, and offers a terrifically tough turn from Lee Marvin.

Movie Info

Don Siegel directed this intensely pessimistic re-make of Robert Siodmak's 1946 film noir masterpiece The Killers, based upon a story by Ernest Hemingway. As the story opens two professional looking men in business suits -- Charlie (Lee Marvin) and Lee (Clu Gulager) -- push their way into a school for the blind and terrorize a secretary until she reveals the whereabouts of Johnny North (John Cassavetes). When Charlie and Lee trace Johnny to an automobile repair class, Johnny just stands there as … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Gene L. Coon
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 18, 2003
Universal Pictures



as Charlie

as Sheila Farr

as Browning

as Johnny North

as Earl Sylvester

as Mickey

as Miss Watson

as Mail Truck Driver

as Receptionist

as Gym Assistant

as Mail Truck Guard

as Salesman

as Maitre D'

as Race Marshal

as Elderly Man

as Instructor

as Steward

as Postal Clerk

as Hotel Clerk
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Critic Reviews for The Killers

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (4)

Perhaps the sole justification for turning a fine old movie into a just passable new one can be summed up as Angie Dickinson.

Full Review… | May 23, 2011
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Ronald Reagan fails to crash convincingly through his goodguy image in his portrayal of a ruthless crook.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

The second film version (1964) of Ernest Hemingway's short story, directed by Don Siegel with far more energy than Robert Siodmak could muster for his overrated 1946 effort.

Full Review… | March 12, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

A familiar tale of robbery and betrayal unfolds, not enhanced by the glossy colour but given a terrific boost by the fact that the two killers stick around and are superbly characterised by Marvin and Gulager.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The movie defines the violent, complex persona that would make Marvin a star, and he's cast alongside the irresistibly alluring Angie Dickinson ...

Full Review… | February 23, 2014
Observer [UK]

A crime mystery that takes the best from every cast member and creates a hell of an ensemble piece.

Full Review… | June 3, 2013
Cinema Crazed

Audience Reviews for The Killers

the opening sequence at the diner is freaking genius

Bob Stinson

Super Reviewer


Siegel's minimalistic style perfectly suits every crime tale he touches. This version rivals Robert Siodmak's previous by being something completely different, having more of a pulp-ish, b-movie sensitivity, au courant with a more nihilistic, violent, and mysogynistic time it was made. Memorable parts played by everyone, especially the badass Lee Marvin, and Angie Dickinson is to die for..

Pierluigi Puccini

Super Reviewer


The original is where it's at, although this has it's moments. Very watchable.

Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

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