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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.
An example of film noir at its most expressive.
It's one of the great films of disenchantment.
As mere movie melodrama, pieced out as a mystery which is patiently unfolded by a sleuthing insurance man, it makes a diverting picture.
The movie darts around in time, constantly surprising and adding more depth to the character of The Swede. It's a psychological exploration of a man who was so worn down by life that he merely gave up.
Robert Siodmak directs this for maximum shadowy impact, aided by a crackerjack script from Anthony Veiller (and an uncredited John Huston) and stellar performances from a concrete-solid cast.
It's [got] a blistering opening sequence.
Compelling, beautifully shot film noir, marking the stunning debut of Burt Lancaster.
Film noir with spectacularly photographed set pieces.
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
The definitve screen rendition of Hemingway's story.
It's a classic by a supreme exponent of that genre, German emigre Robert Siodmak.
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.
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.
From the opening scene, Siodmak introduces the audience to two of the best hitmen that the silver screen has to offer.. This breathtaking opening sure sets the tone for this fantastic 1946 film noir. While not as stylish and captivating as other famous Noirs such as Laura, this film still a classic.
Told mostly through flashbacks, this Hemingway story translates incredibly well to celluloid. Soidmak creates an intriguing & mysterious tale of crime with a great cast of no good double crossin' back-stabbers. Gardener is great as the deceptive beauty Kitty Collins. (Is there a better name for a femme fatale?)
This film is a great entry into the canon of great film Noirs and is worth a watch just to see Lancaster's on screen debut.
The Killers has it all, the beautiful femme fatale (Ava Gardner), the likeable but unlucky hood (Burt Lancaster), the trench coated investigator (Edmond O'Brien) and the "fool-proof" crime that goes horribly wrong. If you liked Double Indemnity and The Asphalt Jungle then this one is a must-see.
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