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  • Actors: James Caan, Robert Duvall, Arthur Hill, Bo Hopkins, Mako
  • Directors: Sam Peckinpah
  • Writers: Marc Norman, Robert Syd Hopkins, Stirling Silliphant
  • Producers: Arthur Lewis, Helmut Dantine, Martin Baum
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 21 July 2003
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009PBUZ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,257 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Mike Locken (James Caan) is a field operative for an organisation that takes the jobs the CIA do not want to handle. After being shot and crippled by his former partner George (Robert Duvall), he trains back up to peak fitness through a punishing martial arts regime. When his former employer brings him in on a freelance job, Mike insists that he uses his own team, culminating in a personal battle between two military professionals.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By jeremiah harbottle on 13 Mar. 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
by this time in his career, sam peckinpah's reputation as a difficult film maker was such that hollywood no longer took him seriously.
for my money, "the killer elite" doesn't always deliver the goods as the pace is slow, too much screentime is taken up with james caan's recovery after what happens to him at the beginning and the action scenes aren't all that good.
the climax is quite entertaining, onboard those deserted naval ships. the mixture of gunfighting and martial arts is an interesting idea.
robert duvall makes for a good villain and is the performance to watch in this film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G. Lomax on 15 Aug. 2014
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Great transfer to Blu Ray, fo Peckinpah's satirical look at Elite forces and their operations. Caan is very good as Mike Locken, once top dog, now a cripple, given a chance to avenge his betrayal. Not classic Peckinpah but better than most other directors could have done given the restrictions, The first 15 minutes is a great set up which sets the tone for the rest of the movie.
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23 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Richard Bowden on 23 Nov. 2004
Format: DVD
Peckinpah's 1975 thriller is infuriatingly uneven. It is also one of his most interesting films, throwing the director's preoccupations into relief. It was made between the gothic thriller Bring Me The Head Of Alfredo Garcia (1974), and his last great film, Cross Of Iron (1977). As the critic Pauline Kael noted, it was a way of proving himself alive to the Hollywood establishment, a "transparent disguise for... determination to show Hollywood that he's not dead yet... that, despite the tabloid views of him, frail and falling down drunk, he's got the will to make great movies." It's no accident that this is a film in which the director stresses his auteurism with more than the usual self-consciousness (the words 'directed by' and 'Sam Peckinpah' are separated by an emphatic crosscut in the opening credits). Neither that it is one in which the theme of rehabilitation - or, more specifically, recuperation - dominates the dramatic matter in hand, giving the narrative a lopsidedness from which it never really recovers.
Kung Fu plot notwithstanding, at the centre of The Killer Elite is the relationship between Locken (James Caan) and Hansen (Robert Duvall). The shifting balance between two men, who find themselves on opposite sides of the law, recall similar relationships in Ride The High Country (1962), between Steve Judd and Gil Westrum, or in The Wild Bunch (1969), between Pike Bishop and Deke Thornton. "I can't figure why he didn't put the third one in my head," says Locken, brooding in hospital. "He's your buddy," is the characteristic reply. Locken and Hansen may travel further apart than the other examples of broken camaraderie in Peckinpah's work, but their mutual respect remains intact to the end.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By "rajiaahmad" on 23 Jun. 2002
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Like it or loathe it, THE KILLER ELITE is a fairly tongue-in-cheek, but reasonably entertaining thriller with its usual Peckinpah dosages of slow-mo' gore and cracking cinematography. It's about two top agents, played by James Caan (hot off ROLLERBALL) and Robert Duvall, who work for ComTeg, an organization which operates above the CIA. When Duvall defects to the other side and injures Caan, Caan has to get himself back in shape in order to go after Duvall who is getting ready to assassinate an Oriental politician (Mako). With the help of sharpshooting buddies Bo Hopkins and Burt 'Paulie' Young, Caan decides to protect this guy and this is when he realises who his real enemies are...
This starts off at a slow pace (although the opening explosion is something Joel Silver would have been proud of) but there is some humour, most notably between Caan and Duvall when they are pals, and the action really gets underway in the last half of the movie.Now imagine if Sam Peckinpah was still alive and made a movie produced by Joel Silver, now that would kick some a**.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By lucas on 30 July 2014
Format: Blu-ray
This review is about the French blu ray disc.
The image is excellent but the sound could be better.There are some instructions for the sound on the menu but if you need instructions it is not a good sign, is it? I tried several different set ups but didn't manage to get a really good sound. The problem is certainly not with the disc because the sound of the French dubbed version is good.

You can watch the film in English without subtitles. There is the option of watching the director's cut, which is about ten minutes longer.
I fast forwarded through it but didn't see any big difference.

The blu ray has a 28 minutes documentary, in English, about Sam Peckinpah. It is very informative.

The story was a disappointment. It is dated and it is not Peckinpah at his best, to say the least. That said, there are many amazing images that I've never seen before.

I am putting "review about French blu ray disc" as a title just to avoid confusion with the dvd, as the reviews team, once again, made a mess and put different products together.
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