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The Killers (1946) was a Crime - Drama Film directed by Robert Siodmak and produced by Mark Hellinger.

The Killers was inducted into the National Film Registry in 2008.

Academy Awards 1946 --- Ceremony Number 19 (source: AMPAS)

Best DirectorRobert SiodmakNominated
Best Film EditingArthur HiltonNominated
Best Music - ScoringMiklos RozsaNominated
Best WritingAnthony VeillerNominated

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The Killers (1964)

By Beatrice on Feb 16, 2018 From Flickers in Time

The Killers Directed by Don Siegel Written by Gene L. Coon from a story by Ernest Hemingway 1964/USA Revue Studios First viewing/Netflix rental This remake is not bad but had me longing for the 1946 version. Hit men Charlie (Lee Marvin) and Lee (Clu Gulager) arrive at a school for the blind to ... Read full article

Kitty, Big Jim, and The Killers...

By Paul on May 21, 2016 From Reel Distracted

Kitty, Big Jim, and The Killers... 5/21/2016 0 Comments Every man's life ends the same way. It is only the details of how he lived and how he died that distinguish one man from another.- Ernest Hemingway If owning the best dialogue... Read full article

Day 11 of Noirvember: Top 5 Things I Love About The Killers (1946)

By shadowsandsatin on Nov 11, 2015 From Shadows and Satin

Based in part on a short story by Ernest Hemingway, The Killers is about a former boxer known as “The Swede” (Burt Lancaster) who is murdered by two hitmen because, in his words, he “did something once.” The rest of the film shows the efforts of an insurance investigator to unearth the circumstances... Read full article

Screening Report: THE KILLERS (1946) at the HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival

By Will McKinley on Jul 10, 2015 From Cinematically Insane

There are many things I like to do outside; watching movies isn’t one of them. Especially in New York City. Especially in the summer. The popularity of outdoor screenings has always baffled me: humidity; bugs; no seats; imperfect projection; ambient noise/light; shady bathrooms (if any); and t... Read full article

The Killers (1946) – Updated

By 4 Star Film Fan on Jun 14, 2015 From 4 Star Films

It’s been said that Robert Siodmak’s The Killers was Ernest Hemingway’s favorite adaptation of one of his works which was, in this case, a short story. As a film-noir, it works on numerous levels from the cinematography, to the score, to the young stars, to the ingenious narrative.... Read full article

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Quotes from

Jim Reardon: She took a powder. The dough went with her.

[after Reardon has wrapped up the investigation, Kenyon congratulates him]
R.S. Kenyon: Owing to your splendid efforts the basic rate of The Atlantic Casualty Company - as of 1947 - will probably drop one-tenth of a cent.
[he shakes Reardon's hand]
R.S. Kenyon: Congratulations, Mr. Reardon.
Jim Reardon: I'd rather have a night's sleep.
R.S. Kenyon: Why don't you take a good rest. I must say you've earned it.
[Reardon starts to leave]
R.S. Kenyon: This is Friday... don't come in 'til Monday.
Jim Reardon: Thanks.

Jail ward doctor: [speaking about the fatally wounded Blinky] Beats me. I don't know what keeps him going.
Jim Reardon: Will he be able to talk anymore?
Jail ward doctor: He's dead now - except he's breathing!

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Facts about

The musical theme by Miklós Rózsa, heard whenever the killers appear, was later used in expanded form as the theme music for the TV series Dragnet and its revival Dragnet 1967.
The boxing match in the third flashback was filmed in a boxing arena for an audience of 2000 spectators. Burt Lancaster trained for two months with a boxing champion and played the part of the Swede with realism, against a real boxer, until his 2nd KD and TKO.
Although Burt Lancaster's character name is pronounced "Anderson," it is properly spelled (as in Hemingway's original story) as "Andreson".
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Released 1946
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