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on 31 August 2007
I recently read Ava Gardner's biography and she stated that her role as Kitty in "The Killers", closely resembles that of herself in regards to her outlook upon her personal relationships with the men she had been involved with. She felt at home with her character and could identify with her feelings. Therefore felt comfortable during the making of this particular picture, unlike many others. I adore film noir and this is one of the best. It has a wonderful plot and is very well shot (No pun intended), Ava looks so young and fresh, a classic beauty of the 40's. How could a women that looked so incredibly stunning and whom was clearly intelligent ever doubt herself so?
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on 16 June 2016
'The Killers', based on an Ernest Hemingway story.

Burt Lancaster falls foul of a femme fatale in Ava Gardner's Kitty Collins, who is as wily as a cat and has that catty dignity, replaced by a feline like hiss in her voice when she's on the ropes.

It was hard to get my head around all the lies and double crossing. And it was odd that an insurance man was the detective, not some film noir private eye.

The insurance man slowly unravels the story via flashbacks from various players and witnesses. An enjoyable film.
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on 9 August 2015
A fantastic blu ray that shows all the visual qualities of this masterpiece. Noir photogaphy and direction that not just create a stylish atmosphere (some scenes became a point of reference for any noir director, including Blade Runner's Ridley Scott) but convey a sense of darkness and destiny that the brilliant script tell in a back and forth narration of the facts. Better than Kubrick's The Killing, this is Siodmak masterpiece (along with The Staircase). Dry, bitter, dark and violent: much more true and powerful than many films coming in the following decades. The cast is fantastic.
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How great it is to come across such gems - great story, sincere acting, and sense of style and genuine menace. At this price it is virtually being given away. Actors and reputation speak for themselves - so won't cover here. What I will say is that the opening episode is astonishly good. Brilliantly composed, lit and acted, it exhudes menace without any explicit violence - just smart talk and attitude. It's a lesson in just how good film making can be - a genuine treat.
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on 5 June 2012
this really is one of the classics either buy this single disc or get it in the film noir boxset with films like out of the past , the glass key etc.
either way get it.
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on 10 November 2015
A real classic film, black and a very noirfilm! Lancaster at his best!
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on 30 July 2015
Excellent movie it was remade but this is the best version film noir
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on 29 August 2015
Burt's first film ! PQ is Excellent !! Classic Universal Noir !
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on 26 February 2016
Very well shipping and correct dvd
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on 13 April 2014
This is a good quality sound and vision DVD, as well as being a good film noir. Therefore well recommended!
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