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The Killers

Instrueret af Don Siegel
USA, 1964
Thriller, Krimi


Ernest Hemingway’s gripping short story The Killers has fascinated readers and filmmakers for generations. In 1964, Don Siegel — initially slated to direct the 1946 version — took it on, creating the first-ever made-for-TV feature.

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The Killers Instrueret af Don Siegel
As in Hemingway’s story, the killers are a couple of cutups; Gulager and Marvin bring a weird and wicked sense of humor to the hit men’s dirty work. 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.
August 25, 2017
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The cast is first-rate. Thanks to Marvin’s sleek, snub-nosed menace and the edgy thrill-seeking projected by Dickinson’s classy moll, the movie exudes a cynical Rat Pack cool. The jazz singer Nancy Wilson, who has a musical sequence looking like Ms. Dickinson’s sister by another mother, adds to the ring-a-ding flavor. Cassavetes’s jangling, immoderate intensity is markedly uncool, although one of his seduction lines — “You’re a nut, we’re both nuts!” — might have been written for Frank Sinatra.
July 30, 2015
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That’s the best, funniest touch to this newer Killers: the idea of a couple of rent-a-hoods investigating a murder they themselves committed. It’s a sly, anti-authoritarian deviation from the Siodmak film… [But] Siegel’s film goes to sleep at the same place that Siodmak’s does, because the victim at the heart of these narratives isn’t interesting; both narratives lose something when their killers recede from the limelight.
July 08, 2015
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  • Lights in the Dusk's rating of the film The Killers

    A made for TV retread of a film noir classic is given a greater creative heft thanks to the modernist stylisations of director Don Siegel & an amazing performance from the incomparable Lee Marvin. Siegel brings to the film an uncompromising brutality that doesn't always sit comfortably alongside the more generic elements, whilst the flashback structure, which frames the revenge plot as a mystery, remains compelling.

  • Filipe F. Coutinho's rating of the film The Killers

    It doesn't work all the time, but when it does it soars. Don Siegel is one hell of a director and his version of The Killers, although lacking the existential and poetic contours of Hemingway's short story, somewhat started propelling the gritty and nihilistic crime thriller boom that eventually defined the '70s.

  • Duncan Gray's rating of the film The Killers

    This shouldn't be as fun as it is. The production values are still a TV affair, and where the original was a model of noir construction, long stretches of this one fall apart if you think about it for more than 15 seconds. But Siegel's direction gives it a punchy, weirdly compelling pop-art nihilism. Bonus points for having John Cassavettes punch Ronald Reagan, which may not have meant much in 1964 but sure does now.

  • Pierluigi Puccini's rating of the film The Killers

    Siegel's minimalistic style perfectly suits every crime tale he touches. This version rivals Robert Siodmak's previous by being something completely different, having more of a pulp-ish, b-movie sensitivity, au courant with a more nihilistic, violent, and mysogynistic time it was made. Memorable parts played by everyone, especially the badass Lee Marvin, and Angie Dickinson is to die for.

  • HEDONIST's rating of the film The Killers

    ... a very loose adaptation on the novel; which, unfortunately, doesn't compare to the original... funny to see Ronald Reagan in his final role... the racing scenes are just so dated -- oh how much has changed... only four years away from 'Bullitt' though, so I can't really give it a pass solely based on the time of the films production... some of those rear projection shots are just laughable...

  • Ethan's rating of the film The Killers

    This is a nice little precursor to Lee Marvin's performance in Point Blank and is also a good precursor to the gritty violent dramas of the 60s and 70s.

  • chicofireman's rating of the film The Killers

    Don Siegel em estado de graça num dos melhores filmes do gênero daquela década, década de transformação deste gênero, por sinal. Moderno, cínico, com uma encenação quase operística, embalada pela trilha com elementos de jazz de um certo Johnny Williams. Ele ainda era baby na época. Lee Marvin está no auge. Angie Dickinson está no auge. Coisa linda viver.

  • Cihan Aydın's rating of the film The Killers

    I am not a fan of Don Siegel formally, Dirty Harry, Alcatraz or other things. But in some way, I was very confident that this film was different. I have always being loved Lee Marvin's movies. Furthermore there is Cassavetes on it. Special story which is up to something like before. You should see it. I know noone is likeable in the movie but God damn you Reagan.

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