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The Killers

Don Siegel

 
  • United States
  • 1964
  • 94 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.33:1
  • English
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Ernest Hemingway’s gripping short story “The Killers” has fascinated readers and filmmakers for generations. In 1964, Don Siegel—initially slated to direct the 1946 version—took it on, creating the first-ever made-for-TV feature, which would prove too violent for American audiences in the wake of JFK’s assassination.

Cast

Charlie Strom Lee Marvin
Sheila FarrAngie Dickinson
Johnny NorthJohn Cassavetes
LeeClu Gulager
Earl Sylvester Claude Akins
Mickey FarmerNorman Fell
Jack BrowningRonald Reagan
Postal clerkSeymour Cassel
Miss WatsonVirginia Christine

Credits

DirectorDon Siegel
Produced byDon Siegel
ScreenplayGene L. Coon
Music scoreJohnny Williams
“Too Little Time” sung byNancy Wilson
LyricsHenry Mancini and Don Raye
Film editorRichard Belding
MakeupBud Westmore
Art directorsFrank Arrigo and George Chan
Technical adviserHall Brock
Director of photographyRichard L. Rawlings

Disc Features

  • New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Interview from 2002 with actor Clu Gulager
  • Audio excerpt from director Don Siegel’s autobiography, A Siegel Film, read by actor and director Hampton Fancher
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Geoffrey O’Brien

Film Essays

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The Killers: A Decisive Reversal of Values

By Geoffrey O’Brien July 07, 2015

Don Siegel’s raw, direct update of the Ernest Hemingway story takes place in a disorienting, artificial world of thuggish brutality. Read more »

Film Essays

Killers_64_thumbnail

The Killers: A Decisive Reversal of Values

By Geoffrey O’Brien July 07, 2015

Don Siegel’s raw, direct update of the Ernest Hemingway story takes place in a disorienting, artificial world of thuggish brutality. Read more »

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