The Killers

The Killers (Robert Siodmak, 1946)

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The Killers is a 1946 American film noir. It is based in part on the short story of the same name by Ernest Hemingway. The film was directed by Robert Siodmak and features Burt Lancaster in his screen debut, as well as Ava Gardner, Edmond O'Brien, and Sam Levene. An uncredited John Huston co-wrote the screenplay.

In 2008, The Killers was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".

Two hit men, Max and Al (William Conrad and Charles McGraw), arrive at a small-town diner, assigned to find and kill a man, Ole Anderson, aka "the Swede" (Burt Lancaster). They track him to a boarding house where, resigned to his fate, he puts up no struggle.

The Swede had life insurance, so Investigator Jim Reardon (Edmond O'Brien) is assigned to look into the murder for his company. Interviewing people from his past, Reardon develops a theory that The Swede's murder stemmed from an unsolved payroll robbery of years earlier masterminded by Big Jim Colfax (Albert Dekker) and involving Kitty Collins (Ava Gardner), a mysterious woman the Swede loved.

Working with a police detective (Sam...


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