The Killers
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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 screen debut), who offers no resistance and seems to be welcoming his death. An insurance investigator (Edmond O'Brien) is hired to locate the beneficiary to Lancaster's policy, and in the course of his investigation reopens a long-dormant robbery case. In a series of flashbacks, O'Brien makes the connection between Lancaster and the robbery and… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"As mere movie melodrama, pieced out as a mystery which is patiently unfolded by a sleuthing insurance man, it makes a diverting picture."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"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"
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"A near-classic of 40s film noir."
‑ Xan Brooks, Guardian [UK]
"Siodmak's crafty direction emphasizes shadows, dark rooms and the feel of stale cigarettes, booze and general hoplelessness."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"An example of film noir at its most expressive."
‑ Don Druker, Chicago Reader
"Compelling, beautifully shot film noir, marking the stunning debut of Burt Lancaster."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"The definitve screen rendition of Hemingway's story."
‑ , Film4
"Only the first scene of Siodmak's classic film noir comes from the Ernest Hemingway short story; the rest is pure postwar fatalism from the pen of Anthony Veiller (and an uncredited John Huston)."
‑ Thomas Delapa, Boulder Weekly
"Siodmak captures both the romance and world-weariness of the post-WWII film noir with consummate skill."
‑ David Sanjek, PopMatters
"It's one of the great films of disenchantment."
‑ Wally Hammond, Time Out
"Film noir with spectacularly photographed set pieces."
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
"It's a classic by a supreme exponent of that genre, German emigre Robert Siodmak."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"Wonderful, sooty noir."
‑ Jake Euker, F5 (Wichita, KS)
"Effectively complex."
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
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