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Killer Elite (1975)

Cast: James Caan, James Caan, Robert Duvall, more...
Director: Sam Peckinpah, Sam Peckinpah
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Studio: MGM
Genre: Action
Running Time: 123 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, French
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This second-string Sam Peckinpah action film features James Caan as ex-CIA agent Mike Locken, who has retired due to injuries received at the hands of his ex-partner George Hansen (Robert Duvall). But Mike is lured out of retirement to protect Yuen Chung (Mako), an Asian political leader. There's a contract out on Yuen Chung's life -- and the killer assigned to rub out Yuen Chung is none other than Mike's former partner, George Hansen. The confrontation between the two leads to a showdown on a decaying naval vessel between Mike's forces and a group of ninja warriors. ~ Paul Brenner, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Well, it's Peckinpah by notrust September 16, 2006 - 5:38 PM PDT
Great location movie for people familiar with the Bay Area.

The genre is sort of an R-rated TV movie. Jerry Goldsmith did the music for this and many other 70's TV shows. So because of that, the movie has a vaguely familiar, almost Quinn-Martin sort of 70's TV ambience.

The plot is pretty convoluted, but can be figured out if you listen closely to the dialog. There are the usual Peckinpah themes of betrayal and revenge, as well as the signature blood-drenched slow motion action sequences, if I recall correctly.

Anyone who was able to make through this one and was reasonably happy should also check out The Osterman Weekend (Peckinpah's last film) which got a bad rap, but I think is slightly better than this movie. Also check out The Wild Bunch, The Getaway, Pat Garret and Billy the Kid for the full Peckinpah experience.

Name that location by mgeis September 15, 2006 - 12:25 PM PDT
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
The movie was entertaining enough, but a lot more fun was trying to identify all the locations. From Marin, to SF, to the mothball fleet off the Benicia bridge, this movie just showcases in the bay area. Of course, there's the obligatory 'teleportation' continuity issues, where a turn in Pacific Heights leads to the 18th St. 280 overpass in Potrero Hill, but that's easy enough to overlook.

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