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The Killers 1946 PG

90 mins USA Director. Robert Siodmak

Burt Lancaster and Ava Gardner star in Robert Siodmak’s gritty and muscular film noir. Told entirely in flashback, a life insurance investigator pieces together the tragic story of ‘the Swede’ (Burt Lancaster), a boxer drawn into a dangerous world of crime by his feelings for a fickle mobster’s moll (Ava Gardner). The influential opening scene, in which two hit-men track down their prey in a sleepy small town, sets the bleak but seductive tone of noir fatalism to memorably brilliant effect.

Ernest Hemingway’s short story has also been filmed by Andrei Tarkovsky and Don Siegel, but Robert Siodmak’s version remains the definitive adaptation.

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Directed by

Robert Siodmak

Featuring

Burt Lancaster

Ava Gardner

Genres

Film noir Crime

Collection

Oscars - Best Adapted Screenplay Oscars - Best Director Based on the Book… Closed Captions

Certificate

PG

Released

1946

Country

USA

Language

English

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