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The Killers (Region 2)(Danish Import)


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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: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002SULRZ2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,219 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By CB on 8 Jan 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
One of the best crime thriller movies that's ever been made. Lee Marvin is at his most menacing in an understated violence in keeping with the original short story by Hemmingway. Increasingly difficult and expensive to get, it is nonetheless essential viewing for anyone interested in tense and amoral drama.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Tyrone on 9 July 2010
Format: DVD
This was apparently meant to be the first TV movie but the violence pushed it into cinemas & despite no budget, uncomplicated acting & a screenplay drawn with a marker pen I still really enjoy it. Lean, mean & straight to the point, it's a good little keep-away-from-gangsters-molls story capped by the inimitable Lee Marvin as an intelligent hitman.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Granddad on 4 Nov 2011
Format: DVD
I first saw this movie when I was still young and impressionable and boy, did Lee Marvin impress! And, watching it again after at least 45 years I was pleased to see that both Lee and the movie have stood the test of time. This is probably the kind of film that is purchased because one remembers the effect it had when first viewed and I was not disappointed with watching it again after all these years. Well made, good production values and this copy only suffers by having Danish subtitles which are a little distracting. I wish there was some way to turn them off. That aside, for those who like to remember how things were before schlock/horror became the norm this film is (for this reviewer at least) well worth a place in the dvd rack!
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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 3 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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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mrgvase on 25 Sep 2011
Format: DVD
this started off being made for the us tv networks but was too violent in 1964,so went out first in the cinema,and it still feels tough,Clu Gulager is a real nasty hitman and plays it well,he oozes evil and for my money one of the best supporting actors ever.This was Renald Regans last movie and Lee Marvin has said his best film to work on.If you wish to watch an old movie make sure this is on your list,5 star in all departments,as for this thailand produced dvd 120% for picture and sound,a stunning copy all round fantastic picture, crystal clear colour reproduction and has some 5.1 surround on the soundtrack,no other copy has that,if new to world movie legends dvd video from the far east,no worries I have half a dozen and not one has let me down,try also PRIME CUT another Marvin film,on this series of disc`s,it`s better than any western produced dvd.
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