The Killers
The Killers (1964)

Don Siegel directed this intensely pessimistic re-make of Robert Siodmak's 1946 film noir masterpiece The Killers, based upon a story by Ernest Hemingway. As the story opens two professional looking men in business suits -- Charlie (Lee… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: February 18, 2003
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Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though it can't best Robert Siodmak's classic 1946 version, Don Siegel's take on the Ernest Hemingway story stakes out its own violent territory, and offers a terrifically tough turn from Lee Marvin.

TIME Magazine

Perhaps the sole justification for turning a fine old movie into a just passable new one can be summed up as Angie Dickinson.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

A familiar tale of robbery and betrayal unfolds, not enhanced by the glossy colour but given a terrific boost by the fact that the two killers stick around and are superbly characterised by Marvin and Gulager.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

This take on the story by the invariably overrated Don Siegel is probably the most brightly lit, atmosphere-challenged movie ever to be tagged as noir.

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Variety Staff
Variety

Ronald Reagan fails to crash convincingly through his goodguy image in his portrayal of a ruthless crook.

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Philip French
Observer [UK]

The movie defines the violent, complex persona that would make Marvin a star, and he's cast alongside the irresistibly alluring Angie Dickinson ...

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Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile

The 1946 and 1964 versions of The Killers are vastly different, except for a couple of plot points, like the lack of surprise and failure to run the hitmen note with their target, and the double cross that is revealed at the end

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

The second film version (1964) of Ernest Hemingway's short story, directed by Don Siegel with far more energy than Robert Siodmak could muster for his overrated 1946 effort.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A crime mystery that takes the best from every cast member and creates a hell of an ensemble piece.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

Though the film does not stand up to the 1946 version with Burt Lancaster, it has its own pleasures, including Marvin's rather likable role of an assassin, the exciting robbery sequence, and, of course, the villainous Reagan getting his just desserts.

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Flixster Audience Score: 71% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
the opening sequence at the diner is freaking genius
Randy Tippy
Not as atmospheric as Robert Siodmak's 1946 version but this neo-noirish rendition of Ernest Hemingway's short story does have it's merits. Lee… More
Pierluigi Puccini
Siegel's minimalistic style perfectly suits every crime tale he touches. This version rivals Robert Siodmak's previous by being something completely… More
Aaron Neuwirth
Charlie Strom: Sylvester, unless you want to renew your partnership with the late Johnny North, I suggest you tell us everything and anything we want to know.… More
Ken Stachnik
The original is where it's at, although this has it's moments. Very watchable.
Michael Gildea
A decent remake. It's funny to see Ronald Reagan as a villian. Lee Marvin is the quintissential badass and Dickinson is smoking hot. Overall it gives the… More