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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 Marvin) and Lee (Clu Gulager) -- push their way into a school for the blind and terrorize a secretary until she reveals the whereabouts of Johnny North (John Cassavetes). When Charlie and Lee trace Johnny to an automobile repair class, Johnny just stands there as the two men gun him down. Afterwards, Charlie wonders why Johnny just stood there, accepting… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Perhaps the sole justification for turning a fine old movie into a just passable new one can be summed up as Angie Dickinson."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"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."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"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."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Um roteiro intrincado (ainda que excessivamente reminiscente de "Cidadão Kane") que se beneficia ainda mais graças à direção segura de Siegel e ao elenco excepcional (até Reagan, um ator geralmente medíocre, está bem)."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Even in today's violence-jaded era, the 1964 version of The Killers packs a punch when needed."
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"Ronald Reagan fails to crash convincingly through his goodguy image in his portrayal of a ruthless crook."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"The movie defines the violent, complex persona that would make Marvin a star, and he's cast alongside the irresistibly alluring Angie Dickinson ..."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"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"
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"Movie remakes seem to be pouring out faster and more frequently than ever before, and it's rare that a remake gets even close to an original, much less equals it or surpasses it."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"The selfish cynicism on display, the every-man-and-woman-for-themselves bravado is a more cinematic than televisual conceit."
‑ Keith Uhlich,
"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."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"A crime mystery that takes the best from every cast member and creates a hell of an ensemble piece."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"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."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Ernest Hemingway's classic short story is updated and shot in garish colour, with considerably more violence."
‑ , Film4
"Without pretension The Killers occupies its genre and welcomes each convention. It comes, however, late, and such conventions are worn for their familiarity."
‑ Rumsey Taylor, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
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