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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)

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


Review: The Killers (1946)

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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Jim Reardon: How well did you know the Swede?
Charleston: Me? Mister, I guess me and the Swede were about as close as two guys can get. For nearly two years we weren't more than eight and a half feet apart. That's how big the cell was.


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!


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


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Facts about

Producer Mark Hellinger purchased the rights to Ernest Hemingway's short story for $36,700, although publicity releases announced the figure at $50,000. (Source: "The Mark Hellinger Story" by Jim Bishop)
In-joke: In the scene towards the end of the film where Edmond O'Brien arranges to meet Ava Gardner outside a nightclub, O'Brien stands on the street in front of the club, waiting for Gardner to drive up. On the wall behind him is a poster, beginning with "Sir Arthur Hilton presents..." Arthur Hilton, an Englishman, was the film's editor.
Author of the original short story Ernest Hemingway liked the film. Prior to its release, producer Mark Hellinger sent publicity man Al Horwits to Sun Valley, Idaho, to give Hemingway a private screening. Hemingway had a pint of gin in one pocket of his overcoat and a pint of water in the other so that he could sip from them if the film got bad. After the screening, Hemingway held up the full bottles, grinned and said "Didn't need 'em".
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