The Killers

1946

Action / Crime / Drama / Film-Noir / Mystery

27
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 100%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 90%
IMDb Rating 7.8 10 16206

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Burt Lancaster as Ole 'Swede' Anderson
Ava Gardner as Kitty Collins
Edmond O'Brien as Jim Reardon
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Reviewed by bkoganbing 9 / 10

Expanding A Hemingway Classic

The Killers is an expansion of a short story by Ernest Hemingway. The first ten minutes of this film is pure Hemingway with two contract gunman occupying and terrorizing a greasy spoon diner. Two of the most malevolent character actors around, Charles McGraw and William Conrad are the hit men.

They're there to kill Burt Lancaster, known to the town as just a simple garage mechanic. Because he left a small insurance policy, his death was investigated by insurance cop Edmond O'Brien. Naturally Lancaster was no simple garage mechanic by any means. O'Brien comes up with Burt's real identity and the reason why a few people wanted him dead.

The Killers was a big break film for Burt Lancaster. He had only done one previous film and that was Desert Fury for Paramount studios which had signed him. Because Universal was looking for an unknown to play the victim, Lancaster's agent was able to land him the part. And because Desert Fury was held up, The Killers became his debut film and he was a star from his first film.

This was also a milestone film for Ava Gardner as well. After The Killers, Louis B. Mayer was most reluctant to lend her out any longer due to the notice that she got.

The plot of The Killers is very similar to that of Out of the Past with Lancaster in the luckless Robert Mitchum role. As for Ava Gardner in her portrayal, she's taking a couple of pages from the Mary Astor school of double crossing, two timing dames. At least Mary had Sam Spade's promise he'd wait for her.

The Killers is a must for Burt Lancaster fans who want to see the film that launched his career.

Reviewed by HotToastyRag 4 / 10

Burt Lancaster's first movie

The reason The Killers is remembered is it was Burt Lancaster's first movie. Yes, it's a film noir murder mystery, but if it didn't give birth to such a fantastic star, it probably would have been swept under the rug with the other low-budget 40s films.

On the surface, it sounds like a cheesy story that someone wrote to make fun of old gangster movies. Burt's nickname is "The Swede" and Ava Gardner plays the slinky love interest Kitty Collins. Hit men and detectives make up the rest of the characters, and while there are twists and turns and flashbacks, it almost feels like it's spoofing itself.

I found it most similar to another Burt Lancaster movie, Criss Cross, and it's not as good as the really memorable film noirs like Double Indemnity and The Postman Always Rings Twice. But maybe it's just me. Give it a watch and see what you think of it!

Reviewed by christopher-underwood 7 / 10

I didn't really care

Fantastic first twenty minutes, great performance from Burt Lancaster in his first role and fine ending. But there is a problem. From the very start, pre-credit sequence even, there a deep black shadows and ominous shapes and once in the diner there is sharp dialogue to match. Based upon a Hemingway story and all is most promising even if we loose our star so early on. But Hemingway only wrote a short story. From here on in the film makers had to improvise a back story, reputedly mainly the work of John Huston the expansion is formed of flashbacks. Lots of them, probably a dozen and there is a chance of us losing interest. We get more Lancaster and Ava Gardner but it is Edmond O'Brien who is expected to carry the film and he does not have the required charisma. Nor the required dialogue. It is a tightly enough told tale but there are lapses in believability and by the end, I didn't really care.

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