The Killers

The second film version (1964) of Ernest Hemingway's short story, directed by Don Siegel with far more energy than Robert Siodmak could muster for his overrated 1946 effort. Siegel turns the story inside out, taking the point of view of Hemingway's two faceless hit men and following their attempt to find out why one of their victims refused to run. It was planned as one of the first made-for-TV movies, but Siegel, with the perversity of a true auteur, went ahead and shot it in 'Scope anyway. Thankfully, Universal decided it was too violent and released it to theaters. With Lee Marvin, Angie Dickinson, John Cassavetes, and Ronald Reagan in his final, appropriately loathsome, screen role. 95 min.

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