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- frank r. lopez
One of the best crime film noir movies ever made. Boxer (Lancaster in film debut) gets in over his head with criminals and femme fatale (Gardner....Wow!) and lives to regret it. Moody atmosphere and great cast and performances. Hard to believe this is Lancaster's film debut and film made Gardner a bona fide star. A must-see film for crime drama/film noir fans and everyone will enjoy it too. To this viewer a top 50 film movie ever made.
- Robert Mann
One of my three best film noirs, and based upon a Hemmingway short story too! rm
Rescuing Sam and Nick - Correction:
I re-watched this opening scene in the diner - I misspoke on the sequence of events during the untying of Sam and Nick - George unties and ungags Sam, then walks past Nick to the sink and pours a glass of water which he hands to Sam; George then proceeds to untie Nick - this error in memory aside, it still strikes me as odd that George would not untie both men before getting both men a drink of water...
Rescuing Sam and Nick
Great movie! One sequence I find really interesting, though its hardly noticeable for its subtly - The scene where George unties Sam and Nick in the kitchen after the killers leave - it seems so odd how George unties and ungags Sam than goes over to Nick and loosens his bound hands - BUT before ungagging Nick as you would expect the next logical action to be - George instead - pours Sam a glass of water and gives it to him; only after giving Sam a the glass of water does George return to Nick and finish untying/ungagging him - to me - it would seem only logical that he would finish untying/ungagging Nick and then proceed to give them each a glass of water - odd sequencing of action makes me wonder if it was deliberate...
This adaptation of Hemingway's story provided Lancaster with his film debut. The first fifteen are based on Hemingway's work, the rest of the film is an original film noir involving Lancaster's former boxer, Gardner's femme fatle and investigator O' Brien. With a fractured narrative that unfolds the further O'Brien investigates, I found the story to be thrilling and entertaining. To paraphrase author Martin Rubin from "1001 Must- see movies Before you Die," this film is a "...commentary on why we enjoy film noir, as an escape from humdrum security into danger and doom, but only at a safe distance." I give it a 4.5/5.
- Jack Grattan
As essential as film noir gets. The opening is the tightest adaptation of Hemingway, ever. Phantom Lady and this film make Robert Siodmak and Woody Bredell one of the all time great director/cameraman team-ups, right up there with Jacques Tourneur/Nick Musuraca and Anthony Mann/John Alton. A must see.
"The double cross to end all double crosses"
- Jeff Boston
On a dime he did time in his prime for her crime (she's slime), but Walter Mitty, not too witty, kept carrying a torch for pretty Kitty, and it hurt him again more than an itty bitty. What a pity.
Killer of a Movie
- Bob Hendrick
Of all the attempts to transition Hemingway to the screen, this is possibly the best effort and result. A great story told in brilliant flashbacks, with solid performances by all--and a great one by the way underrated Edmund O'Brien. And oh, my--wasn't Ava gorgeous!
Great Film Noir Classic
- Jim Stergiou
This is the classic film noir tale, with a great cast, especially a beautiful and sultry Ava Gardner. Great character actors and Burt lancaster is the best, along with Albert Decker and Sam Levene. I could see this over and over again !
- Annette Melvin
This was an excellent movie. Definitely a must see and one that I will add to my black & white collection.
- Steve Livingstone
This one is film noir gold. Not to be missed. Incredible cast. Great dialogue. Great flashback sequences. 5 stars all the way. Required watching for any movie fan.
Not another flashback!
If you like lots of flashbacks in a movie, this is the one for you, but you must pay attention! The Macguffin is in solving an insurance problem in the interests of a deceased boxer, but what is revealed is the boxer's life, his time in jail, and his contacts with the police and the criminal underground.This movie seems way ahead of its time to me, as it eschews the conventional narrative of most classic Hollywood films. Ava Gardner looks ravishing but in fact turns out to be a totally unscrupulous femme fatale. Burt Lancaster is a noble but not very bright punchy boxer and the supporting parts are vividly portrayed all in glorious black and white.The audience is taken on a long dark journey of the soul, in which there are no solutions, only problems of loyalty and so-called honour amongst thieves.Of all the films noir that have been revived and re-appreciated in the last decade or so by critics and afficiandos, this is a good introduction to the genre and proves that there has always been an alternative to the mainstream even during the period of the Hollywood studios pre-eminence. It's been 'paid homage' to by a lot of modern filmmakers but ''The Killers" is the real thing and it would be difficult to replace.
Burt and Ava at the sunrise of their respective careers.To be treasured!
- Eddie Natale
Great film noir,oustanding cast,especially the character actors.William Conrad&Charles McGraw are superb as the hitmen.A must for film noir fans.
Great Noir Classic
- Rich Sass
From the opening scene to the end, this movie is full of suspense, great dialog, and acting. This movie was ahead of its time. One can watch it several times and find new things to appreciate. My favorite scene is the opening scene when the Killers confront the Diner personnel.
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the classic gangster genre of the 30's, 40's and 50's are more entertaining than anything showing today and usually have a moral involved rather than being simply violently gratuitous.
Terrifically acted and photographed crime drama in best 40's film noir tradition, none of the cast self-consciously parading themselves as star power. Supporting actors are exceptionally effective, and convoluted plot--so true of these double-cross capers--keeps us on thre alert.
Another fine performance by Edmound O`Brien
- Edddie Natale
Another example of the fine supporting cast of this era.especially Edmound O`Brien.he is a solid performed who has always been underrated.The style of narrative,beginning with the death and working backward is absolutely perfect.
The Killers double set DVD 1946/1964
The Killers is available as a double set DVD, 1946 and 1964 version, sold here in TCM and elsewhere.
Film noir classic!
One of the great films noir. Up there with "Out of the Past", "Double Indemnity", etc.