The Killers
The Killers (1946)

The Killers, directed by Robert Siodmak, who received an Academy Award nomination, has long been considered the quintessential noir film: a character study of one man, Swede (Burt Lancaster), who because of betrayal and the love for a… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: August 28, 1946
DVD 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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Wendy Ide
Times (UK)

It's [got] a blistering opening sequence.

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Don Druker
Chicago Reader

An example of film noir at its most expressive.

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Eric Melin

The movie darts around in time, constantly surprising and adding more depth to the character of The Swede. It's a psychological exploration of a man who was so worn down by life that he merely gave up.

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Emanuel Levy

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

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Wally Hammond
Time Out

It's one of the great films of disenchantment.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Robert Siodmak directs this for maximum shadowy impact, aided by a crackerjack script from Anthony Veiller (and an uncredited John Huston) and stellar performances from a concrete-solid cast.

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Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

Film noir with spectacularly photographed set pieces.

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We follow an insurance claims investigator who stumbles onto clues that lead the perpetrators of a high profile armed robbery. Only there's a sad tale of… 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
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 V
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