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The Killers

Robert Siodmak

 
  • United States
  • 1946
  • 103 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • English
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Ernest Hemingway’s gripping short story “The Killers” has fascinated readers and filmmakers for generations. Its first screen incarnation came in 1946, when director Robert Siodmak unleashed The Killers, helping to define the film noir style and launching the careers of Burt Lancaster and Ava Gardner in this archetypal masterpiece

Cast

The SwedeBurt Lancaster
Kitty CollinsAva Gardner
Jim ReardonEdmond O'Brien
Big Jim Colfax Albert Dekker
Lieutenant Sam LubinskySam Levine
CharlestonVince Barnett
Lilly Harmon LubinskyVirginia Christine
Dum Dum ClarkeJack Lambert

Credits

DirectorRobert Siodmak
ProducerMark Hellinger
MusicMiklos Rozsa
EditingArthur Hilton
Art directionJack Otterson and Martin Obzina
CinematographyWoody Bredell
ScreenplayAnthony Veiller
From the short story byErnest Hemingway

Disc Features

  • Beautiful new digital transfer
  • Andrei Tarkovsky’s student film version of The Killers
  • Video interview with writer Stuart M. Kaminsky (Don Siegel: Director)
  • Screen Director’s Playhouse 1949 radio adaptation, starring Burt Lancaster and Shelley Winters
  • Actor Stacy Keach (Mike Hammer) reads Hemingway’s short story
  • Production and publicity stills with actor biographies, rare behind-the-scenes stills gallery, original press book and ads
  • Collection of trailers for Robert Siodmak films
  • Writer/director Paul Schrader’s seminal 1972 essay “notes on film noir”
  • Notes by Jonathan Lethem (Motherless Brooklyn)
  • Music and effects track
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired
  • Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition

Film Essays

The Killers (1946)

By Jonathan Lethem February 17, 2003

The Killers is exemplary film noir from Robert Siodmak, who, on the strength of three films—this, Criss Cross, and Phantom Lady—stands beside fellow German exiles Lang and Preminger as one of . . . Read more »

Clippings

Cairns on Siodmak

June 04, 2010

He may not be a household name like Fritz Lang or Billy Wilder, but Robert Siodmak is renowned in some circles as one of the most important film noir directors, and his 1946 Burt Lancaster–Ava . . . Read more »


Film Essays

The Killers (1946)

By Jonathan Lethem February 17, 2003

The Killers is exemplary film noir from Robert Siodmak, who, on the strength of three films—this, Criss Cross, and Phantom Lady—stands beside fellow German exiles Lang and Preminger as one of . . . Read more »