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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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The Killers (1964)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Jul 13, 2018 From 4 Star Films

After an opening to rival the original film noir The Killers (1946), though nowhere near as atmospheric, Don Siegel’s The Killers asserts itself as a real rough and tumble operation with surprisingly?frank violence.?However, it might be expected from such a veteran action director on his way t... Read full article


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


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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.


[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.


Al: You got anything to drink?
George: I can give you soda, beer, ginger ale...
Al: I said, 'You got anything to drink?'
George: [intimidated] No.
Al: This is a hot town. Whatta ya call it?
George: Brentwood.
Al: Did you ever hear of Brentwood?
Max: [Max shakes his head, no]
Al: Whatta ya do here nights?
Max: [sarcastically] They eat the dinner. They all come here and eat the big dinner.
George: [showing fear] That's right.
Al: [condescendingly] You're a pretty bright boy, aren't you?
George: [intimidated] Sure.
Max: [contemptiously] Well you're NOT!
Max: [to Al] Is he Al?
Al: He's dumb!


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Facts about

This was Burt Lancaster's first important movie role. He was the third choice for the part of The Swede, and was signed only after actors Wayne Morris and Sonny Tufts proved unavailable. Lancaster was an ex-circus acrobat from Union City, New Jersey. When producer Mark Hellinger saw the first rushes of Lancaster's performance in a private screening room, he was so pleased that he yelled "So help me, may all my actors be acrobats!"
After leaving Warner Brothers for Universal with The Killers, producer Mark Hellinger initially wanted to borrow Warner director Don Siegel, but the loanout fee proved prohibitively high for a director of his limited reputation at that time, so Hellinger used Universal's Robert Siodmak. Ironically, almost 20 years later Siegel did go on to direct the remake, The Killers.
"Screen Director's Playhouse" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on June 5, 1949 with Burt Lancaster reprising his film role.
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