The Killer Elite
The Killer Elite (1975)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: December 17, 1975
DVD Release Date: February 23, 1999
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Richard Eder
New York Times

Sam Peckinpah knows how to make movies but perhaps he has forgotten why.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Solid action pic.

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Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily

An underrated CIA thriller directed by Sam Peckinpah with lots of quirky offhand moments.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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Fernando F. Croce

A fable of self-romanticizing paranoia, acknowledged as a splendid private joke played from deep within a corporate potboiler

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Jonathan R. Perry
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)

Shoe-leather tough but refreshingly low key for Peckinpah.

Sean Axmaker

It's right in tune with the cinema of paranoia and conspiracy that bloomed in the seventies while also jumping on the martial arts craze with Caan taking on ninja warriors ...

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TV Guide

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 34% Flixster User Reviews
paul sandberg
With a rather nice pedigree this 1975 film, directed by Sam Peckinpah and starring Robert Duvall and the then hot property James Caan, held the promise of… More
Stephen M
<I>"It's a good show. It's not a great show, but it's a good show."</I> That just about sums up Peckinpah's… More
Randy Tippy
You know a movie is dated when the most notable product placement is an AMC Pacer.
alan jay
A fine performance by James Caan is frittered away with a mediocre storyline. Supporting actors Bo Hopkins and Burt Young compliment what litle action there… More
Aj V
There's some good action in this movie, but the story's not so great, and it's pretty boring for the most part. At least there are some good… More