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As steady hands carefully wire a bomb and meticulously set the timer to the eerie sounds of children singing in the background, and as the deadly device explodes, rupturing a building into fragments and splintering the tranquility of the theatre, the cinematic genius of the OscarÂ(r)-nominated* writer/director of The Wild Bunch comes to startling life. Featuring "a first rate cast"(Los Angeles Times) headed by Academy AwardÂ(r) nominee** James Caan and OscarÂ(r) winner*** Robert Duvall, this sinister action-thriller "aim[s] at the jugular" (Cue) and "rivets you to the screen" (Cosmopolitan)! Elite assassins Mike Locken (Caan) andGeorge Hansen (Duvall) take on jobs too risky for even the CIA to handle. They're best friends, superior marksmen and on the A-list when it comes to killing. But when one high-powered hitman betrays another, the intrigue, the violence and the thrills become more than just a dangerous game of who-kills-whom first...it becomes a very personal war! *1969: Original Story and Screenplay (Sam Peckinpah) **1972: Supporting Actor, The Godfather ***1983: Actor, Tender Mercies

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James Caan and Robert Duvall star as a pair of CIA operatives in the Bay Area; when Duvall sells out Caan, he cripples him instead of killing him. But Caan fights back, working himself back into shape and back into service to protect a visiting dignitary who is targeted for assassination. It all leads to a solid shootout and martial-arts battle aboard the mothballed fleet in the North Bay. Economic and spare, this is one of director Sam Peckinpah's lesser efforts, but still features his skillful direction of action scenes. An intriguing cast includes Arthur Hill, Mako, and Bo Hopkins; this may be the only film that features both Burt Young and Gig Young. --Marshall Fine


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  • 8-page booklet featuring trivia and production notes

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  • Actors: James Caan, Robert Duvall, Arthur Hill, Bo Hopkins, Mako
  • Directors: Sam Peckinpah
  • Writers: Marc Norman, Robert Syd Hopkins, Stirling Silliphant
  • Producers: Arthur Lewis, Helmut Dantine, Martin Baum
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Letterboxed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: February 23, 1999
  • Run Time: 122 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0792840453
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,763 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Killer Elite" on IMDb

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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Uncle Chino on December 24, 2006
Format: DVD
I watched this movie a long time ago when I was much younger and it immediately became one of my favorites. First the movie was directed by Sam Peckinpah who's style I always liked. Second it stared two really powerful actors of the time in James Caan and Robert Duval. And lastly it had a LOT of action. It is a highly intelligent movie and several steps up from anytthing that you will ever see that has Ninja's in it. The movie revolves around a company of mercenaries that are hired by corporate interest or the government to do certain jobs. The movie story really takes off when two friends are torn apart by betrayal and then the movie becomes a story of revenge and obsession.

I have heard several people review this movie in a bad light when it first came out. But I must say that I enjoyed it back in the early 80's when I first saw it and I have watched it several times over and over since. Each time I still find the movie to be fun and interesting and the acting to be top notch.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 9, 2000
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Sam Peckinpah's The Killer Elite may not be the director's best film (I'll save that for either Cross of Iron or The Wild Bunch) but it's much better than the overrated The Getaway, and is generally a well-made action film.
The aspect that makes the film worthwhile is mostly hinged on Peckinpah's direction, with his usual death-in-slow motion and fast-paced shootouts. The first hour does plod a bit but the pace picks up considerably in the second half and culminates into an exciting shootout and martial arts battle on board a ship.
The Killer Elite is far from perfect, though. The beginning feels awkward and it takes a while to get the situation and characters straightened out. The plot is also executed in a far more complex manner than it needs to be, resulting in quite a bit of confusion. Robert Duvall is also underused, and the conflict between he and James Caan isn't as compelling as it could or should have been.
Performance-wise, The Killer Elite is well-acted. James Caan is solid as the betrayed CIA operative, though his character is a bit too nice for a guy who was shot in the kneecap and elbow by his best friend. Robert Duvall is decent with the limited screen time he has. Bo Hopkins is the real scene stealer as the psychotic agent, and he plays a good guy!
The Killer Elite is decent entertainment, with some energetic action sequences. Just rent the film, it wouldn't hurt.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 21, 1999
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The first Peckinpah I ever saw -- and it hooked me forever. Makes today's "action" flicks (Con Air, The Rock, The General's Daughter, etc.) look like the overwrought, underfilled plastic fantastics they are.
That, and McQueen and Duvall are cooler than you.
Plus the fights.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By PJR on January 7, 2013
Format: DVD
Perfectly decent double cross spook film if you take into account that it is dated.

The production values, editing, sound track/music seem very "60's" which was still going on in 70s when this was made. And not the best from that era. Hardly seems mind-blowing today with for example ninja warriors fighting American mercenary gunmen on old mothballed battle ships and all that. A little too cute for me.

Look at it historically and it is kind of fun to see a taste of some the production and stylistic ideas they were experimenting with. More importantly, looked at historically it is interesting to see it in the context of growing cynicism 60s and 70s about government spy games and various bureaucracies using spies and mercenaries as pawns, and the elusiveness of truth in games of power. Not as sophisticated as some of the cold war moral ambiguity spy films, but in avoiding the focus on the cold war it was maybe more interesting viewed retrospectively.

For me, I felt a bit detached from it I think because the dated feel of it was distracting. So it was not as "involving" as for example Three Days of the Condor -- which I would include in the spook-betrayal sort of film genre, or films based on John Le Carre books such as Spy Who Came in From the Cold. The James Caan character for example was not as well developed as he could have been. I think they did a much better job with Caan in Rollerball (love it), in its own way about betrayal of little people by big people, so I will say that the director here could have gotten more out of Caan in terms of making him sympathetic. But it was okay.

All in all. I think this was a perfectly respectable film in this genre allowing for when it was made and the styles that directors were playing with. If you are into movies in this genre and have an eye for film history, this is certainly one to have on your check list to watch.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Erik North on April 17, 2012
Format: DVD
By the mid-1970s, the career of director Sam Peckinpah had basically hit the skids. He had seen one more film of his (PAT GARRETT AND BILLY THE KID) butchered by a studio (MGM) in 1973; then, in 1974, his most overtly personal film, the admittedly ghoulish-sounding BRING ME THE HEAD OF ALFREDO GARCIA, was roundly trashed by audiences and critics alike. And on top of that, the excesses that had been plaguing him on and off for years were starting to dominate his life. Yet through all of this, he somehow managed to pull off the good when he was sober. A case in point was the action thriller THE KILLER ELITE, released near the end of 1975.

In this film, James Caan portrays an employee for a CIA-sponsored offshoot group called ComTeg (Communications Integrity) who, in protecting a German political figure (Helmut Dantine), is maliciously wounded by his partner (Robert Duvall) in the leg and arm. Though his superiors in ComTeg (Arthur Hill; Gig Young) tell him that those injuries are so severe that he may never be able to walk fully again, Caan vows to get back into the game, exposing himself to strenuous rehabilitation and martial arts exercises. When Hill gives him the chance, via protecting a Japanese politician (Mako) until he can be gotten out of the country, Caan immediately grabs onto it, especially with the fringe benefit of knowing Duvall has resurfaced and is gunning for Mako on his own. The whole operation turns out to be part of an internecine battle of wills inside ComTeg between their two superiors, first resulting in a fatal confrontation at the Bethlehem Steel shipyard, and then a high-energy showdown aboard a mothballed World War II vessel in Suisun Bay involving Japanese kung-fu masters.
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