The Killers (1946)
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The Killers uses Ernest Hemingway's short story as a springboard for a complex film noir. Two mysterious men (William Conrad and Charles McGraw) muscle their way into a small town and kill an aging boxer (Burt Lancaster, making his screen debut), who offers no resistance and seems to be welcoming his death. An insurance investigator (Edmond O'Brien) is hired to locate the beneficiary to Lancaster's policy, and in the course of his investigation reopens a long-dormant robbery case. In a series of
Aug 28, 1946 Wide
Apr 14, 1998
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Taken from Ernest Hemingway's story of the same title, picture is a hard-hitting example of forthright melodrama in the best Hemingway style. Performances without exception are top quality.
As mere movie melodrama, pieced out as a mystery which is patiently unfolded by a sleuthing insurance man, it makes a diverting picture.
Compelling, beautifully shot film noir, marking the stunning debut of Burt Lancaster.
Nominated for four Oscars, Robert Siodmak's The Killers expands on Hemingway's short story in classic film noir style, with a dense plot that ends in an unexpected double cross
It's a classic by a supreme exponent of that genre, German emigre Robert Siodmak.
Only the first scene of Siodmak's classic film noir comes from the Ernest Hemingway short story; the rest is pure postwar fatalism from the pen of Anthony Veiller (and an uncredited John Huston).
Siodmak's crafty direction emphasizes shadows, dark rooms and the feel of stale cigarettes, booze and general hoplelessness.
Siodmak captures both the romance and world-weariness of the post-WWII film noir with consummate skill.
Is it any surprise that Reardon - for that matter any character of this sort - comes most alive when brandishing a gun?
Hemingway's short only hints at a complexity, and the film does well to manifest such a depth.
The Killers (1946) is director Robert Siodmak's screen classic - an intense, hard-edged, stylish classic film noir...
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