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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.
Great movie --- but not the greatest quality print. good pricePublished 14 days ago by Pete Sanders
Love old film noir's? Then you are sure to enjoy an young Burt Lancaster and Ava Gardner in this 1946 classic!Published 29 days ago by Darlene
True film noir. Ava Gardner at her most radiant. Really Edmund O'Brien's picture, even though Ava and Burt Lancaster get top billilng. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Joseph L Walker
The 1949 classic is perfect film noir but the 1964 remake horrible. I couldn't find the original anywhere so I had to get this one with the terrible remake. Read morePublished 2 months ago by R. Gittens
Seeing THE KILLERS, 1946, Robert Siodmak, you know why you love these old films. Burt Lancaster is terrific as 'swede'. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Bartok Kinski
Really enjoyed the '64 version. The '46 is okay. It's so interesting to see Reagan in a better role than POTUS! Angie Dickinson, to me, is much sexier than Ava Gardner. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Ian M.