The Killer Elite
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This second-string Sam Peckinpah action film features James Caan as ex-CIA agent Mike Locken, who has retired due to injuries received at the hands of his ex-partner George Hansen (Robert Duvall). But Mike is lured out of retirement to protect Yuen Chung (Mako), an Asian political leader. There's a contract out on Yuen Chung's life -- and the killer assigned to rub out Yuen Chung is none other than Mike's former partner, George Hansen. The confrontation between the two leads to a showdown on a decaying naval vessel between Mike's forces and a group of ninja warriors.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 60%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Sam Peckinpah knows how to make movies but perhaps he has forgotten why."
‑ Richard Eder, New York Times
"A fable of self-romanticizing paranoia, acknowledged as a splendid private joke played from deep within a corporate potboiler"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Shoe-leather tough but refreshingly low key for Peckinpah."
‑ Jonathan R. Perry, Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
"The Killer Elite is directed and acted with a certain nice style, but it puts us through so many convolutions of the plot that finally we just don't care."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Misunderstood at the time of its release, this is essentially a droll parody of espionage thrillers with plenty of chases and shoot-outs presented in an absurdist, mocking tone by director Peckinpah."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Solid action pic."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"An underrated CIA thriller directed by Sam Peckinpah with lots of quirky offhand moments."
‑ Chuck O'Leary, Fantastica Daily
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