The Killers
The Killers (1946)

The Killers uses Ernest Hemingway's short story as a springboard for a complex film noir. Two mysterious men (William Conrad and Charles McGraw) muscle their way into a small town and kill an aging boxer (Burt Lancaster, making his… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 14, 1998
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Variety Staff

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.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

As mere movie melodrama, pieced out as a mystery which is patiently unfolded by a sleuthing insurance man, it makes a diverting picture.

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Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

Film noir with spectacularly photographed set pieces.

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Don Druker
Chicago Reader

An example of film noir at its most expressive.

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Wendy Ide
Times [UK]

It's [got] a blistering opening sequence.

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Urban Cinefile

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

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Wally Hammond
Time Out

It's one of the great films of disenchantment.

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Emanuel Levy

Compelling, beautifully shot film noir, marking the stunning debut of Burt Lancaster.

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The definitve screen rendition of Hemingway's story.

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Flixster Audience Score: 90% Flixster User Reviews
xGary Xx
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… More
AJ Verser
A good film noir with a good cast.
Reid Volk
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… More
Devon Bott
Based on a story by Ernest Hemingway, "The Killers" is a noir film set up much like "Citizen Kane": an insurance investigator, through a… More
Randy Tippy
<i>The Killers</i> has it all, the beautiful femme fatale (Ava Gardner), the likeable but unlucky hood (Burt Lancaster), the trench coated… More
danny d
siodmaks version of the killers is mesmerizing. one of the best film noirs ever made, lancaster was great in his debut, ava gardner was stunning as always, and… More