The Killers (1946)

The Killers (1946)
The Killers (1946)
  • NR
  • 1h 42m
  • 1946
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Making his film debut in The Killers, Burt Lancaster, portrays Swede, a broken-down ex-fighter waiting in a sleazy room to be assassinated without resistance. Soon after, it becomes the job of insurance investigator Edmond O'Brien to discover why Swede had given up. He pieces together an elaborate look at a man who became the fall guy for gangsters and a seductive, unscrupulous woman (Ava Gardner). A taut Miklos Rozsa score (with a theme later used in Dragnet), an Anthony Veiller screenplay (with, uncredited, John Huston), and the brilliant artistry of director Robert Siodmak make this a stunning tale of cross and double-cross.
© 1946 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

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Reviews
Variety
Variety Staff
Fresh

Taken from Ernest Hemingway's story of the same title, picture is a hard-hitting example of forthr...

June 21, 2017
Guardian
Xan Brooks
Fresh

A near-classic of 40s film noir.

June 21, 2017
Chicago Reader
Don Druker
Fresh

An example of film noir at its most expressive.

June 21, 2017
Time Out
Wally Hammond
Fresh

It's one of the great films of disenchantment.

June 21, 2017
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Thriller
  • Release Date:August 28, 1946
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
    Stereo
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