The Killers

Synopsis: A remake of The Killers (1946) which itself was inspired by the Ernest Hemingway short story. Told instead from the hitmen's point of view, the killers decide to find out why their latest victim (a race car driver) "just stood there and took it" when they came to shoot him. They also figure on collecting more money. Ronald Reagan plays a rich, double-crossing financier. Lovely Angie Dickinson plays the femme fatale.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Director(s): Don Siegel
Production: Universal Pictures
  Won 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
93 min


OK, I can lick you.

OK, you think you're such a

big shot, but you're a little nut.

Bang bang, you're dead!

May I help you, please?

May I help you, please?

We're looking for a Jerry Nichols.

- Does he work here?

- Oh, yes, indeed.

Where is he?

Well, I... I'm afraid you won't

be able to see him now.

He'll be in class another, uh...

...hour and a half.

I'm sorry, lady. We don't have

the time. Where is he?

Well, I... I told you,

he's teaching his class...

Where is he, lady?

He... He's up... upstairs.

Now you just sit there,

relax, take a little nap.

Everything's gonna be all right.

Do you understand?


Good morning.

Miss Watson?

May I help you?

"...In a little grey

house made of logs.

- "The great, dark trees of the woods...

- Jerry Nichols?

Just down that corridor,

the last door on the right.

Stood all around the house,

and beyond them were other trees."

All right. Now, since each spark plug...

Oh, excuse me, fellows.

Uh, Eddie, you wanna take this?

Feel the points here

in this distributor cap...

and then pass it on

to all you geniuses.

- Hello? This is Mr Nichols.

- Mr Nichols?

Two men are coming after you. Miss

Watson thinks they're gonna kill you.

Oh, I see. Thank you.

You don't understand, Mr Nichols...

Should I call the police?

Try to get help?

No. No, don't bother.

It's all right. I... I know them.

Mr Nichols!

I know them.

Class is dismissed.

I said, class is dismissed!

Jerry Nichols?

Stop pushing, man!

Get out of here!


- One scotch and water.

- Scotch over there.

Oh, I'm sorry, sir.

One carrot juice.

It's the eyes. It's good for the eyes.

Yeah, you can see better.

Thank you, sir. Thank you.

OK, Charlie.

Charlie, ever since we got on this

train, you've been like a dummy.

- What?

- OK.


You know, Lee,

I've hit a few guys in my time.


Now, if they had a chance,

they always ran.

But he just stood

there and took it.

First thing you told me was

never to think about a job, Charlie.

Another thing:
I recognized him

the minute I saw him.

Well, he was a hotshot race driver

named Johnny North.

Everybody knew him. So what?

Only thing that counts is

we're 25,000 ahead of the game.

Yeah, that's another thing:

25,000 for a simple hit.

We walk in.

We put him down. We walk out.

- That's a lot of money for a simple hit.

- Not for me it isn't.

And he knew we were coming.

That dame must've gotten to a phone,

'cause he was tipped off.

But he just stood there.

That's one.

Twenty-five thousand

for a simple hit.

I never got more than ten

in my life. That's two.

Now, I happen to know that Johnny North

was in on a big mail robbery in California.

Supposed to have gotten away

with over a million bucks,

left the other guys

holding the bag.

So we get a contract

to knock him off. OK?

What happened to the million?

He spent it.

Nobody spends a million.

No, he didn't have the money.

Otherwise, we would've leaned on him.

Makes sense.

I'll tell you something else

that makes more sense.

Whoever laid this contract wasn't

worried about the million dollars.

And the only people that don't worry

about a million dollars

are the people that

have a million dollars.

Only we don't know

who hired us for the job.

So... maybe we find out.

I don't know, Charlie.

We did the job, we got paid.

Lee, you're 27 years old.

You got muscles and great brains.

You'll go a long way in this business.

But I'm getting old, my hair is turning

grey, and I'm tired of running.

Now, if I had a half a million bucks,

I wouldn't have to run.

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Gene L. Coon

Eugene Lee Coon (January 7, 1924 – July 8, 1973) was an American screenwriter, television producer and novelist. He is best remembered for his work on the original Star Trek series. more…

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