The Killers (1964)

DON SIEGEL

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  

USA, 1964.  .  Screenplay by , based on the story by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by Don Siegel.  Music by .  Production Design by , .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .

Don Siegel excitingly remakes the Robert Siodmak classic using Ernest Hemingway’s very short story as a base once again. This time the insurance investigator has been done away with, and instead it is the killers themselves who are the protagonists after hired hit men  and  follow instructions to do away with  and are amazed by how easy it is. Cassavetes doesn’t try to run and merely submits to his execution, which piques their curiousity and has the two men going from place to place to find out about his past as a race car driver and his love affair with gorgeous .  Siegel’s version trades ripping energy and violence for the atmosphere of the previous one and is just as enjoyable, highlighted by Siegel’s efficient direction and the fantastic cast (which also includes ).

The Criterion Collection:  #176

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