fbpx The Killers (1964) | Gene Siskel Film Center
New 4K restoration! Film Series : Two Killers, Four Killers

The Killers (1964)

1964, Don Siegel, USA, 93 min.
With Lee Marvin, John Cassavetes, Angie Dickinson

Show Times

  • Fri, Oct 4th 4:00pm
  • Sun, Oct 6th 5:00pm
  • Mon, Oct 7th 6:00pm

"Siegel's terse, seething, and stylish direction glows with the blank radiance of sheet metal in sunlight."—Richard Brody, The New Yorker

Where the 1946 version was shadowy, voluptuous, and doomily romantic, the 1964 remake is shiny, hard-edged, and nihilistic. The shift in tone reflects the decision to dump 1946's earnest insurance investigator and have his role as detective-figure filled by the two ruthless hit men (Marvin, Clu Gulager), whose curiosity and greed are aroused by their victim's inexplicable refusal to run. Gulager's fidgety hotshot plays beautifully off Marvin's stone-cool old-timer in the role that defined the Lee Marvin persona. Rounding out the cast are John Cassavetes as the patsy (here a racecar driver rather than a boxer), Angie Dickinson as his femme fatale, and, in his final screen performance, Ronald Reagan, acquitting himself quite well as a villainous mobster with a sour streak beneath his façade of cordial menace. New 4K DCP digital restoration. (MR)

TWO-FILM DISCOUNT!
Buy a ticket at our regular prices for either version of THE KILLERS, and get a ticket for any show of the other version at this discount rate with proof of your original purchase: General Admission $7; Students $5; Members $4. (This discount price applies to the second film only. Discount available in person at the box office only.)

Play Trailer