• Unrated, 1 hr. 40 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Don Siegel
    In Theaters:
    May 30, 1964 Wide
    On DVD:
    Feb 18, 2003
  • Universal Pictures

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The Killers Reviews

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Bob S

Super Reviewer

April 9, 2007
the opening sequence at the diner is freaking genius
Pierluigi P

Super Reviewer

July 27, 2007
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..
Ken S

Super Reviewer

June 5, 2007
The original is where it's at, although this has it's moments. Very watchable.
flixsterman
flixsterman

Super Reviewer

January 18, 2009
Not as atmospheric as Robert Siodmak's 1946 version but this neo-noirish rendition of Ernest Hemingway's short story does have it's merits. Lee Marvin and Angie Dickinson are standouts in an otherwise lethargic cast. Director Don Siegel took a completely different approach to the material, resulting in a film that's more of a retelling than a remake. In fact, if the titles weren't the same, it's doubtful you'd even recognize the story. I still favor the original film but The Killers of 1964 isn't nearly as bad as I thought it might be.
Aaron N

Super Reviewer

April 4, 2007
Charlie Strom: Sylvester, unless you want to renew your partnership with the late Johnny North, I suggest you tell us everything and anything we want to know.

Lee Marvin stars as a seasoned hitman, in a remake of the 1946 film noir of the same title. This story involves the arrival of two hitmen in a location to kill a man. Upon finding him, the man simply lets himself get shot without trying to flee or barter for his life.

Different from the original film, this time, the hitmen themselves decide to find out what this man had been through to make him not care about his own death. The hitmen learn that this man used to be a great race car driver, who ended up turning to crime following an accident.

We learn these aspects of the story through flashbacks, as the two hitmen move around the country trying to find answer, and possibly where a large sum of money ended up.

In these flashbacks, the man in question is played by John Cassavetes. After meeting a dame played by Angie Dickinson, his life goes downhill from its success, as her mysterious nature leads him to crime. Another seedy character is Ronald Reagan in his final acting role, and only villainous role.

This movie is quite good. It stays true to the original film, which is based on a short story by Ernest Hemingway, but it also works as a standalone feature.

Since half the film is told in flashback, it is nice to see how well it is handled, just as in the original film. You get a very good sense on how Cassavetes' character gives into the action at the beginning and feel for him. You also get to see Lee Marvin continuing to be a badass no matter what the situation.

This is a tightly paced film too, for a crime drama. Don Siegel's direction works well combining the darker noir elements of the original, with the sped up action sense of this remake's tone. And there's a cool score from John Williams.

Charlie Strom: He knows me. I had to lean on him once.
Lee: You know 'em all, don't ya?
Charlie Strom: You never know them all.
Michael G

Super Reviewer

April 15, 2007
A decent remake. It's funny to see Ronald Reagan as a villian. Lee Marvin is the quintissential badass and Dickinson is smoking hot. Overall it gives the feeling of a vintage made for TV movie. Catch it if you can...
nuheart
nuheart

Super Reviewer

December 25, 2006
This rating is for the 1946 version -- haven't seen the '64 version yet.
Laura C

Super Reviewer

September 16, 2009
Excellent film noir!
Tecnoandre
Tecnoandre

Super Reviewer

September 4, 2010
The Killers, sometimes marketed as Ernest Hemingway's The Killers, is a 1964 crime film released by Universal Studios. It is the second Hollywood adaptation of Ernest Hemingway's short story of the same name, following a version made in 1946 starring Burt Lancaster and Ava Gardner. It was directed by Don Siegel and stars Lee Marvin and Angie Dickinson.
At the time of its release, Marvin said that it was his favorite film.One morning, hitmen Charlie (Lee Marvin) and Lee (Clu Gulager) enter a school for the blind and terrorize the principal until she reveals the whereabouts of a teacher, Johnny North (John Cassavetes). As the hitmen walk toward North's upstairs classroom, the teacher receives a call warning him of their arrival. However, a saddened Johnny responds, "It's okay. I know them." He calmly waits at his desk as Charlie and Lee send him to his death in a fusilade of bullets.

As they depart from by train, Charlie admits that he is bothered that North refused to flee. He and Lee run through what they know about the man they have just killed. Johnny was once a champion race car driver whose career ended in a violent crash. Four years before his death, he was involved in a one million dollar mail truck robbery. Tempted by the thought of a $1 million payday, Charlie and Lee visit Miami in order to interview Johnny's former mechanic.
Good movie with surprise finale.
April 9, 2012
Great film noir piece. The weak special effects are made up for by the acting. Nothing like seeing Ronald Reagan as a villain, the story was compelling as well with the flash backs. Made me want to read the novel.
billfenner1967
February 9, 2009
A minor, but fascinating genre picture from the mid 60s, usually noted for being future President Reagan's final film. Also remembered for a classic in extremis line from Lee Marvin who, as he collapses, aims his gun at Angie Dickinson (I think) and says, "Lady, I just ain't got the time!" and then: bang-bang. Love that!
February 11, 2008
The 1964 remake of the 1946 classic film starring Burt Lancaster simply isn't as good. There were good performances but the film has aged for the worse. There is a strong sense of 60's camp that consumes you while watching it. I believe this may have been the first movie made for television and it definately plays like a tv movie. Which for the amount of talent involved with the picture, doesn't help their abilities.

Lee Marvin, Clu Gulager, Ronald Reagan, Claude Akins and Angie Dickinson are all really good. Particularly Reagan, who apparently hated this movie (happened to be his last film). He was convincing as Jack Browning, the villain.
chase _

Super Reviewer

February 16, 2008
an interesting remake- which is something you don't see that often. did a good job of updating the story, setting and circumstances of the original to 1964.
January 24, 2008
Some people may give it flack for this or that, but you know what, I love this film. It's a great piece of gangster fare with a nice QT feeling (Don Siegel was good to learn from), Cassavetes is awesome, Clu Gulager is a blast as the child-like asshole, and Lee Marvin and Ronald Reagan staring off? Hell yeah. :D Highly highly suggested for fans of good gritty crime flicks in general.
April 27, 2007
A brilliant movie, it's opening scenes (the only scenes actually from the Hemmingway short story) is the best in the film, but we quickly forgive it.
fillupmarlowe
December 22, 2006
Keep in mind there are two versions of this film: the 1946 (B&W) version and the 1964. Normally when someone remakes a film for TV (or any movie for TV) its normally awful, like the horrible remake of Double Indemnity, but this is not the case for the Killers. The 64 version is different but still good. This film has influnce film makers like Quentin Tarantino. Watch the 64 version and then watch Pulp Fiction and one will see a close resemblance of the characters of Vincent and Jules in Pulp Fiction with the main characters in the Killers (1964).
webblaque
December 18, 2006
If you liked 'A History of Violence' check out this film. Violence clearly borrowed from this great film. Ava Gardner is gorgeous and this is Burt Lancaster's first film.
August 13, 2013
Silly and mediocre old fashioned golden age studio film. Good performances from Marvin and Cassavetes.
May 13, 2012
A competent remake of Robert Siodmak's 1946 film noir masterpiece which has its own place in cine history by its remarkable cast, especially Lee Marvin in his finest hour, and a crude depiction of violence that influenced Tarantino's classics Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction. By the way, a young John William is credited as the composer of the music score.
December 2, 2011
The original is the classic.. and weird to see Ronnie Raygun in a movie.. (I never had).. it was tough to appreciate his character until it developed. Not a bad flick though.. but really close to the same story except with a race car driver - actually a couple twists I suppose.
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