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  • Actors: Lee Marvin, Angie Dickinson, John Cassavetes, Clu Gulager, Norman Fell
  • Directors: Don Siegel
  • Format: Import, PAL, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Danish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002SULRZ2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,860 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Two professional killers fulfill a contract hit on an auto mechanics teacher in a school for the blind but are surprised that he does not try to flee and appears to welcome his fate. Charlie Strom, the older of the two hit-men, wonders why they have been overpaid for the assignment, and when he finds out that the victim, Johnny North, a former Formula One race car driver, had been involved in a million dollar robbery, they decide to pursue the matter. They become convinced that discovering the identity of the man who hired them is the key to finding the stolen money as they search out North's past with brutal efficiency. The Killers, directed by Dirty Harry director Don Siegel, who in this thrilling crime film has created a masterpiece of the genre. DVD Details: Audio: English Stereo

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ka Thomas on 1 May 2014
Format: Blu-ray
This great movie was intended to be the first ever TV Movie but was deemed too violent to be shown on US TV (in the wake of the Kennedy assassination in Nov 63). It was always intended to be released abroad and indeed it was shown in UK cinemas.

Watching it these days on BD (released by Arrow Films in the UK), you can see it was a low budget movie but it truly is a classic.

'The Killers' was based on a short story by Ernest Hemingway and already had been filmed in 1946 with Burt Lancaster. The 1964 film is much, much better than the 1946 version. With Lee Marvin, Angie Dickinson, John Cassavetes starring and Don (Dirty Harry) Siegel directing, it was always going to very interesting. The film has also become notable for being Ronald Reagan's last ever film role (thankfully). It was also the first movie that Lee Marvin was given top billing.

Marvin (despite being half cut, his alcoholism was getting out of control) steals this movie as one of the contract killers (Charlie Storm). He just oozes meanness and looks so cool in every shot. The scenes at the end really showcase what a quality actor Marvin was in this sort of role.

Playing Marvin's sidekick is Clu Gulager who does a really good job with an impossible role. Trying to out act and be as cool as Marvin was truly impossible in this film.

The femme fatale is played by the beautiful Angie Dickinson who gets injured racing driver Johnny North (John Cassavetes) involved in a robbery which is masterminded by arch crook and businessman Jack Browning (Ronald Reagan). Reagan is truly awful in this movie, he is wooden and totally unbelievable as a gangster. He didn't want the role but had to take it because he badly needed the money.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 21 Nov. 2012
Format: DVD
The Killers is directed by Don Siegel and adapted to screenplay by Gene L. Coon from the short story written by Ernest Hemmingway. It stars Lee Marvin, Angie Dickinson, Clu Gulager, John Cassavetes, Ronald Reagan and Claude Akins. Music is by John Williams and cinematography by Richard L. Rawlings.

Hitmen Charlie (Marvin) and Lee (Gulager) enter a school for the blind and gun down motor mechanic teacher Johnny North (Cassavetes). He doesn't resist. Why? This question bothers Charlie and he sets about finding out...

It's difficult when reading the name The Killers to not think of the 1946 film made by Robert Siodmak, a film that is revered as one of the quintessential movies of film noir. But Don Siegel's film, a re-jigging of the plot, is well worthy of consideration as quintessential neo-noir.

Originally slated to be the first made for TV movie as part of a new era for movies on television, the film was pulled by NBC for being too violent. With the film also featuring a murder by sniper scene, the recent assassination of John F. Kennedy by sniper ensured The Killers was temporarily on unsafe ground. With Ronald Reagan making his last appearance on film before moving into politics, unusually playing a villain no less, the 64 version of The Killers has a bit of history.

It's a film about double-crossing, murder and fateful yearnings, featuring amoral characters in a wonderfully constructed story that is told in flashbacks! Photographed in bright, almost garish, colours, it's very much the polar opposite to Siodmak's version, well visually at least, but it is very effective and striking, almost enhancing the lurid nature of Coon's screenplay. It's an aggressive film where the violence packs a punch, and the ending has a considerable black heart.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Dallison on 23 April 2014
Format: Blu-ray
THE KILLERS (1964) BLU RAY RELEASE, ARROW FILMS
Based on the short story by Ernest Hemingway, Don Siegel’s movie was a remake of the 1946 Robert Siodmak film of the same name. Originally, the film was to be one of the first to be made for American TV; however NBC deemed the film too violent for TV and subsequently the film was shown in theatres. The move to theatres may have been considered as a blessing in disguise, as the film enjoyed some rather good reviews in America. In Europe however, it proved even more successful, in fact, in the UK, The Killers went on to receive a 1966 BAFTA for Lee Marvin in the Best Foreign Actor category. So it is with a great deal of excitement that we welcome Arrow’s new Blu Ray release of this cult classic and consider how it holds up some 50 years on.
Charlie Strom (Lee Marvin) is a cold blooded and experienced hit man. Along with his young partner Lee (Clu Gulager), we join them as they enter a suburban school for the blind. Suited smartly and wearing dark glasses, it soon becomes apparent that the nature of their visit is far from pleasant. After violently attacking the (blind) receptionist, Charlie and Lee proceed to search the corridors of the school in search of their prey Johnny North (John Cassavetes). North, a one-time big shot race driver, is now teaching car engineering at the school. Whilst North is alerted that two men are in the school and closing in on him, he makes no attempt to flee from the scene. After Charlie and Lee crash the classroom and get confirmation of their target, North stands there, unflinching in his fate – and openly receives the killers’ bullets.
It is obvious from these opening five minutes that we are witnessing something rather interesting. Firstly, there is the violence.
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