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July 30, 2011
Not as good as the original Killers with Burt Lancaster but you do get to see Ronald Reagan slap a girl. And Lee Marvin is perfect. Cassavetes is great too.
June 21, 2011
A confused hybrid of a film that's got one foot in the future and the other in the past, both in story and in technique. Lee Marvin steals the show as the brains behind a two-man assassination outfit, confounded by the willingness of a recent target to meet his ultimate fate. With time and money at their disposal, the pair decides to investigate what kind of circumstance could make a man happy to see them, ultimately uncovering a complex heist-gone-bad. Marvin and his permanently sunglassed cohort play strongly sympathetic bad seeds, two charismatic characters who aren't afraid to take what they want when they see it. Unfortunately, they also play second fiddle to a series of recklessly crisscrossed flashback sequences that range from redundant to confusing to outright dull, without a central character half as interesting as the killers themselves. Painfully bad special effects, a phoned-in performance by Ronald Reagan (in his final film role) and a flat, unfulfilling ending drop this far short of its potential.
June 18, 2011
An entertaining noirish thriller from Don ( Invasion of the Body Snatchers) Siegel, The Killers is purportedly an adaptation of Ernest Hemingway's classic short story, but the similarities between the story and the film end after the first ten minutes of the film. If you want a faithful adaptation of Hemingway's existential fable, watch the 1940s version--it is an undoubtedly superior film. But Siegel's version still brings the hard boiled fun with its lead killer (Lee Marvin) trying to find out why his latest target just waited to die even after he was warned of the killers' intentions. He uncovers the tale of a race car driver (John Cassavetes) and his tangled relationship with a femme fatale played by Angie Dickinson. Ultimately, Siegel's version of the story comes off just as nihilistically bleak as its source material; however, it lacks the visual aesthetic of its predecessor and drags a bit as its proceeds towards its conclusion.
Super Reviewer
½ May 26, 2011
The original is where it's at, although this has it's moments. Very watchable.
½ May 25, 2011
The Ernest Hemmingway Bio that came with the movie as one of the extras
rated better than the movie.
½ March 27, 2011
Exact same plot, completely different particulars. Stroke of genius to combine the antagonist and a major protagonist from the original film and short story. Fantastic all-star cast and Burt Mustin playing a blind hero!
½ March 3, 2011
A remake done right - a completely different take on the same basic plot of the '46 version. It also highly influenced the two hitmen in "Pulp Fiction". The Hitmen - Lee Marvin and Clu Gulager - in this film are the main reason this film's cool.
February 17, 2011
the original 1946 version is much better plus Ronald Reagan was a slightly better actor than he was president but since he was a god awful president thats not saying much
December 23, 2010
Lee Marvin brings his best to this hard-edged reworking of the 1946 original. The cast makes this movie worth seeing alone with Marvin, the always magnetic John Cassavetes (in the Burt Lanchaster part), and none other then Ronald Reagan turning in a solid performance as the lead heavy. Don Siegel sets up some darkly humerous sitations with its lead pair of killers, especially its first-reel assasination set in a school for the blind. Having the contract killers investigating the story behind the hit is a novel tweak to the original. The movie moves along with a captivating structure as the viewer slowly uncovers a new piece of the robbery story as the killers work thier way through the string of shady characters for the money. The story and performances lift the movie above its tv-movie budget production values; one can easily spot the standard studio lot backdrops and use of racing stock footage. Some groovy music comes curtesey from none other than John Williams. Fans of Lee Marvin's Point Blank should be sure to watch this one.
½ October 11, 2010
John Cassavetes pretending to drive racing cars. Maybe next time I'll watch the 1946 version. Anyway, it's a bit outdated, but still very good.
½ September 23, 2010
The Marvin/Gulager (who is awesome, btw) bits are much better than the endless Cassavetes/Dickinson twists and turns, but it's still a decent post-noir thriller.
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.
½ August 10, 2010
This was really tedious.
½ July 3, 2010
Remake du film "Les tueurs" de Robert Siodmak realise en 1946. Mise en scene correcte. Surprenante intrigue, on se demande ou on va. Le trio d'acteurs est tres bon et Lee Marvin a toujours autant la classe.
June 6, 2010
Lee Marvin brings his best to this hard-edged reworking of the 1946 original. The cast makes this movie worth seeing alone with Marvin, the always magnetic John Cassavetes (in the Burt Lanchaster part), and none other then Ronald Reagan turning in a solid performance as the lead heavy. Don Siegel sets up some darkly humerous sitations with its lead pair of killers, especially its first-reel assasination set in a school for the blind. Having the contract killers investigating the story behind the hit is a novel tweak to the original. The movie moves along with a captivating structure as the viewer slowly uncovers a new piece of the robbery story as the killers work thier way through the string of shady characters for the money. The story and performances lift the movie above its tv-movie budget production values; one can easily spot the standard studio lot backdrops and use of racing stock footage. Some groovy music comes curtesey from none other than John Williams. Fans of Lee Marvin's Point Blank should be sure to watch this one.
½ April 21, 2010
Marvin is amazing as always, so is Cassavetes and the ending is perfect.
½ March 17, 2010
Without pretension, The Killers occupies its genre and welcomes each convention while at the same time tweaking a few of them. Also, Ronald Reagan makes his last acting performance.
February 18, 2010
kick ass! True pulp crime movie!
January 31, 2010
Un film policier novateur et tres interessant... Incroyablement bien maitrise, au casting impeccable et qui possede une place particuliere dans l'Histoire du cinéma américain... Et quelle fin mes amis !
½ December 21, 2009
Snygg,klassisk, Lee Marvin ?¤r ju j?¤mt h?¥rd ( och full som Homer skulle ha sagt) John Cassavetes ?¤r k?¥t och sn?¤ll, fin film i det stora hela.
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