Monday
14
Oct
8.15pm
Back The Killers (1964)
 
Mon
14
Oct
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Monday, 14 October 2019 at 8.15pm
Noir
  • Drama. Film Noir
  • 1964
  • USA
  • Colour
  • 93 mins.
 

The same basic plot as the 1944 film, this time looking at the story from the viewpoint of the ageing hitman Charlie Strom (a terrific Lee Marvin), who's eager to know why their victim (John Cassavetes) didn't attempt to escape, and his psychopathic, hero-worshiping assistant (Clu Gulager). They're an unsympathetic pair, but utterly compelling in their ruthlessness. The movie defines the violent, complex persona that would make Marvin a star, and he's cast alongside the irresistibly alluring Angie Dickinson in the femme fatale role. Directed by Don Siegel, who directed 5 films with Clint Eastwood including the iconic Dirty Harry.

 

Director:

 
Don Siegel

Cinematographer:

 
Richard L. Rawlings

Screenplay:

 
Gene L. Coon from a short story by Earnest Hemingway

Cast:

 
Lee Marvin Angie Dickinson John Cassavetes Ronald Reagan

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