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The Killers (1946) DVD

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The Killers (1946)


 Robert Siodmak


 Anthony Veiller (screenplay), Ernest Hemingway(from the story by)


 Burt Lancaster, Ava Gardner, Edmond O'Brien
The Killers uses Ernest Hemingway's short story as a springboard for a complex film noir. Two mysterious men (William Conrad andCharles McGraw) muscle their way into a small town and kill an aging boxer (Burt Lancaster, making his screen debut), who offers no resistance and seems to be welcoming his death. An insurance investigator (Edmond O'Brien) is hired to locate the beneficiary to Lancaster's policy, and in the course of his investigation reopens a long-dormant robbery case. In a series of flashbacks, O'BRIEN makes the connection between Lancaster and the robbery and tracks down the "brains" behind the operation. He also comes in contact with Lancaster's former girlfriend (Ava Gardner), whose duplicity played a big part in Lancaster's demise -- and his indifferent reaction to it. Siodmak's hard-edged, moody direction of the Oscar-nominated screenplay byAnthony Veiller, makes The Killers one of the definitive films noirs, including what is considered to be one of the greatest opening sequences in movie history.

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  1. 'The double cross to beat all double crosses' 5 Star Review

    Posted by on Jan 11th 2017

    Probably the best film noir movie of all time.William Conrad and Charles McGraw are the two best sarcastic killers in movies.Felt sorry for Burt Lancaster who fell in love with the wrong girl.

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