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The Killers

Robert Siodmak

 
  • United States
  • 1946
  • 102 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • English
  •  

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 Levene
CharlestonVince Barnett
Lilly Harmon LubinskyVirginia Christine
Dum-Dum ClarkeJack Lambert
Blinky FranklinJeff Corey
Packy RobinsonCharles D. Brown
R. S. KenyonDonald MacBride
AlCharles McGraw
MaxWilliam Conrad
Nick AdamsPhil Brown

Credits

DirectorRobert Siodmak
Produced byMark Hellinger
MusicMiklos Rozsa
“The More I Know of Love” LyricsJack Brooks
Film editorArthur Hilton
Art directionJack Otterson and Martin Obzina
Director of photographyWoody Bredell
ScreenplayAnthony Veiller
From the story byErnest Hemingway

Disc Features

  • New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Andrei Tarkovsky’s short film adaptation of Ernest Hemingway’s “The Killers,” made when he was a student in 1956
  • Interview from 2002 with writer Stuart M. Kaminsky
  • Screen Directors’ Playhouse radio adaptation from 1949, starring Burt Lancaster and Shelley Winters
  • Audio recording from 2002 of actor Stacy Keach reading Hemingway’s short story
  • Trailers
  • PLUS: An essay by novelist Jonathan Lethem

Film Essays

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The Killers: The Citizen Kane of Noir

By Jonathan Lethem July 06, 2015

Robert Siodmak expanded Ernest Hemingway’s spare short story of killers invading a small town into a character-driven crime opus that is the quintessential Hollywood noir. Read more »

Features

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Dark Passages: Fatal Women and the Fate of Women

By Imogen Sara Smith July 31, 2017

What is the defining characteristic of the femme fatale? Critic Imogen Sara Smith explores the range of this film noir archetype through a handful of classic performances. Read more »


Features

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Dark Passages: Tough and Not-So-Tough Guys

By Imogen Sara Smith April 03, 2017

What defines noir acting? In her latest Dark Passages column, Imogen Sara Smith examines the stylistic variety in some of the genre’s most iconic male performances, including Burt Lancaster in . . . Read more »


Behind the Scenes


Film Essays

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The Killers: The Citizen Kane of Noir

By Jonathan Lethem July 06, 2015

Robert Siodmak expanded Ernest Hemingway’s spare short story of killers invading a small town into a character-driven crime opus that is the quintessential Hollywood noir. 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 »

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