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Directed by Robert Siodmak

United States 1946 103 mins. In English

A critical and commercial smash featuring Lancaster’s screen debut as Swede, a man running from his past who’s too tired to run anymore, THE KILLERS is one of the key film noirs of the 1940s and one of the most atmospheric and tense films of the classical Hollywood period. In an unnamed rural town, Swede lives an unassuming life working at a service station and keeping to himself. Through a series of flashbacks, however, we get extended glimpses into his prior life as a professional boxer mixed up with several shady characters, including crime boss “Big Jim” Colfax (Albert Dekker) and enchanting vixen Kitty Collins (Ava Gardner). Swede and Big Jim go in on a robbery, but in a world where double-crossing is expected at every juncture, plans go awry, and Swede, Kitty, and Big Jim are all forced to reconcile their desires with their immediate reality. Based on the short story by Ernest Hemingway.

Genres: Crime, Drama, Film Noir

Appears in: Forever Burt



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