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The Killers (1964)
The 1964 remake (of sorts) by Don Siegel builds another whole world around Hemingway's narrow, if intense, premise. The two assassins of Siegel's film (Clu Gulager, Lee Marvin) go in search of their intended victim--a teacher (John Cassavetes) at a school for the blind--and find that he not only recognizes his fate when they show up, but seems entirely resigned to it. Curiosity leads the killers to seek out the party who hired them and discover why Cassavetes's character didn't run or fight. Soon the facts tumble into place--the dead man had once been a top-drawer racer who fell for a glamorous woman (Angie Dickinson), the latter gradually pulling him into the orbit of a criminal villain (a convincingly evil Ronald Reagan)--and the film becomes increasingly dark and dangerous. Originally shot for television but rejected for its violence, Siegel's film is a blistering experience of swimming against the currents of fate for one's survival--and losing. --Tom Keogh
I highly recommend this film for fans of film noir.
The subtle use of shadows is the very stuff of Film Noir as is the complex flashback structure, Gardner's Femme Fatale, and Lancaster's existentially troubled hero.
The fact that Ronald Reagan plays the bad guy makes it a fun movie to watch in itself.
One ofmy favorite film noirs. The opening scene in the diner is one of the most memorable in the genre.Published 21 days ago by John A. Tandlich
No Tom Selleck and an old black and white movie. Cataloged incorrectly.Published 1 month ago by W E Lehmer
One of the great noir movies with Ava Gardner at her loveliest.Published 1 month ago by Bill Faulkner
Excellent original, with Lancaster and Gardner, which I would give five stars. Remake, with Marvin and Dickenson, lacks a lot, so I would only give it three stars. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Waitsel Smith
Classic noir. Burt's 1st (?), & if not best, foretold of terrif possibilities that came.Published 4 months ago by cybermar