The Killers 1946

The Killers

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Two hit men walk into a diner asking for a man called "the Swede" (Burt Lancaster). When the killers find the Swede, he's expecting them and doesn't put up a fight. Since the Swede had a life insurance policy, an investigator (Edmond O'Brien), on a hunch, decides to look into the murder. As the Swede's past is laid bare, it comes to light that he was in love with a beautiful woman (Ava Gardner) who may have lured him into pulling off a bank robbery overseen by another man (Albert Dekker).

Cast & Crew

Burt Lancaster
Ole "The Swede" Andersen, Pete Lund
Ava Gardner
Kitty Collins
Edmond O'Brien
Jim Reardon (investigator)
Albert Dekker
Big Jim Colfax
Sam Levene
Lt. Sam Lubinsky
Virginia Christine
Lilly Harmon Lubinsky
John Miljan
Jake the Rake (uncredited)
Vince Barnett
Charleston (Swede's cellmate)
Charles D. Brown
Packy Robinson
Ernest Hemingway
Writer (Story)
Anthony Veiller
Writer (Screenplay)
Miklós Rózsa
Original Music
Elwood Bredell
Cinematographer
Arthur Hilton
Film Editor
Martin Obzina
Art Direction
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Critic Reviews for The Killers

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Audience Reviews for The Killers

  • Mar 17, 2017
    Although the film is good, by 1946 this kind of story had been told dozens of times. 70 years on it's been told thousands of times.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Jan 30, 2016
    We follow an insurance claims investigator who stumbles onto clues that lead the perpetrators of a high profile armed robbery. Only there's a sad tale of desire and lust thrown into the mix, deception and deceit with a kiss, and that's the gasoline that drives this dragster to it's finish line, a view of the world that's ultimately black and white and icy cold.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Nov 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.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Mar 19, 2012
    What just happened? This was literally the most complicated film I have ever watched. The dialogue made it very complicated because I had trouble keeping up. I don't even know what to write about. Well how about I write about this, this film had everything. The acting, writing, directing, and producing. The writing was good considering how complicated it was. I wish I could write complicated scripts but I just can't. The writing also contributed to the plot. How do I know that considering that it's complicated? It stayed true to the story that's why. The acting was also good considering this is a classic film. You rarely see classic films that have bad acting. That's part of the reason why there so good. As for the directing it was good as well. I can't find a way that I could have done it better so that means it's a good thing. If you like classic films then this is for you.
    Eduardo T Super Reviewer

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