The Killers
The Killers (1964)

Based on an Ernest Hemingway short story, this cult classic stars Lee Marvin and Clu Gulagher as a pair of hit men assigned to kill John Cassavetes, a teacher at a school for the blind. After committing the crime, they try to piece together… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: May 30, 1964
DVD Release Date: February 18, 2003
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Critic Score: 78% 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.

Richard Brody
New Yorker

Siegel's terse, seething, and stylish direction glows with the blank radiance of sheet metal in sunlight; the movie's bright primary colors and glossy luxuries are imbued with menace, and its luminous delights convey a terrifyingly cold world view.

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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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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

This color version of Hemingway's yarn is every bit as fatalistic as its black-and-white predecessor but nowhere near as impressive.

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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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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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Variety Staff

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

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Eric Melin

This low-budget neo-noir is really a different kind of riff on the Hemingway story's themes and the genre. It also serves as a bit of foreshadowing for Seigel's violent 1971 hit Dirty Harry.

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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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Flixster Audience Score: 70% 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