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The Killers Reviews

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Super Reviewer
November 15, 2013
Lancaster's first big screen role is fabulous film noir punctuated by that very memorable bullet ridden opening scene. Far superior to the rubbish that Ronnie Reagan did in the 1960s.
½ September 6, 2013
Super solid noir. Adapted from Hemmingway AND the debut performance of Burt Lancaster? Yes please.
July 23, 2013
Tarkovsky's is better.
May 22, 2013
Funny to see Ava Gardner thrust into a story from Men Without Women, but it kind of works.
May 20, 2013
Well done and with a great ending. Lancaster's debut, it also ushered in the noir genre; also with Gardner as the most fatale of femmes. Essential.
½ February 6, 2013
Starring Burt Lancaster in his debut as well as Ava Garner, the film begins with two gunmen killing "The Swede" (Lancaster) in a small town. Interested in the mystery, an insurance investigator named Reardon (Edmund O'Brien) tries to piece together the past of the dead man. He works to gather more information and talks to "The Swede's" former friend as well as a hotel worker, and a past cell mate. Through a series of flashbacks Reardon slowly strings together the past including "The Swede's" boxing career, his time in prison, and especially an alluring woman, Kitty Collins (Gardner).In the climatic scene Reardon finally meets the beautiful Kitty. Only after a series of events and her quick getaway does he grasp the whole truth. Kitty was a deadly double crosser. However, in a cruel twist her partner in crime is killed and her fate is sealed. This is an exciting film noir with solid acting and a great style of storytelling.
January 30, 2013
Flawless execution of mood, suspense and narrative. Perhaps the most archetypal noir I've ever seen.
½ January 10, 2013
A great film noir that reminded me a lot of resevoir dogs. A manipulative femme fatale, a suave detective, interesting characters and a plot with a few good twists. Solid all around.
½ January 5, 2013
The Killers is a typical 1940's film noir and I enjoyed it! The story is somewhat intriguing as it shows the life of a recently deceased boxer and his involvement in a robbery case some 10 years ago. If you enjoy this genre than you must see it, but I find that there is nothing more to this movie.
Super Reviewer
½ December 18, 2012
When a gas pump attendant is executed by a pair of professional killers an insurance investigator starts digging to find out why. One of the quintessential benchmarks of Film Noir, The Killers is based on a short story by Ernest Hemingway and was the launch platform for the careers of both Burt Lancaster and Ava Gardner. It's not often you'll see a film that kills off its hero in the first 10 minutes, but the brilliant opening scenes make sure you're hooked through til the bitter end as Noir stalwart Edmond O'Brien unravels the events leading up to the cold blooded assassination that is curiously almost welcomed by Lancaster. As the story is told in flashback, the brisk pace means that perhaps depth of character is sacrificed for economy but the heist, double crosses and allure of the stunning Gardner make sure your interest never wanes. Perhaps lacking the crackling chemistry of Bogart and Bacall or the razor blade dialogue of Chandler, it's still a gripping story involving a Femme that's not as quite as Fatale as you'd expect from Hemingway. Or maybe that's just my inner chump rationalizing for the sake of Ava's considerable charms...A classic detective story and must for Noir aficionados.
December 7, 2012
Classic Noir. Great names ('Jake the Rake', Dum Dum'), great cast, great cinematography and great story. What more could you ask for?
½ December 2, 2012
A top noir. I love the fractured, interrupted narrative style. Otherwise, it's cool and dark, with a tough guy insurance adjuster trying to get to the bottom of a mysterious killing. I'd give it five, but this was my first viewing.
November 19, 2012
She doesn't have much screen time but when you are done watching it you can only think of Aca Gardner. The first important part for the sexy siren.
November 1, 2012
I have always had a weakness for Film Noir, due to the fact it really fits my view of humanity and also the fact that in real life there is no such thing as a happy ending. The Killers not only represents the acme of Film Noir as a genre but it is also one of the most beautifully photographed black and white films I have ever seen. Robert Siodmak surpassed himself.
October 3, 2012
Beautiful cinematography... Ava is divinely beautiful
½ September 12, 2012
The most accurate adaptation of Hemingway's short story. Spellbinding and dramatic, it shows a complex tale of betrayal. Perfect use of retrospections adds up to the very rewarding experience of watching The Killers. The viewer is able to connect all the dots along with Jim Reardon, an insurance investigator, who decides to follow the case a bit closer. Although at first all the clues doesn't seem to match up, there is a striking mystery behind the death of one Olo 'Swede' Anderson. It involves a beautiful woman, a group of bandits, a big heist, and a intense twist in the last few minutes of the film. The Killers is sure to provide a huge amount of thrills, and a storyline that is as suspenseful as it is gritty.
½ July 6, 2012
Siodmak, Lancaster's first pairing is one of noir's central masterpieces--Gritty and bleak Hemingway tale!!
½ May 13, 2012
Unique complex film noir. Ground breaking for the time.
May 10, 2012
Pinnacle of noir here with double crossing dames and big time heists - mean!!!
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