Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: The Killers

From: david david (
Date: 06 Jun 2008

just saw this film for the first time at the Palm Springs noir fest last week. Angie Dickenson was the guest & spoke after the film : "What a shitty script!" she said. haha She also said Reagan HATED working on the film. It was his last onscreen appearance and he was dialing it in. "He was already looking into other work," as she put it. Some of the racing scenes felt endless, but Dickenson was sexy in the film & Marvin was laconic and menacing. Their performances, the garish color and bursts of surreal brutality made it pretty ok for a 60s noir. It was originally made for TV and felt blocked for the small screen. Thy put it in theaters because it was deemed too violent for the living room. Dickenson claimed it was the first made-for-TV movie.

--- Dave Zeltserman <> wrote:

> I actually much preferred the Lee
> Marvin/Dickinson/Reagan version.
> Maybe partly because it was so surreal watching
> Reagan doing stuff like
> slapping Angie Dickinson around, but also the Lee
> Marvin version had
> this weird offbeat vibe that I liked a lot.
> --Dave Z.
> --- In, "Nathan Cain"
> <IndieCrime@...>
> wrote:
> >
> > I recently watched the 1964 version of the
> Killers, after having
> > watched the 1948 version with Lancaster and
> Gardener. The original was
> > one of the best films I've ever seen, and
> Gardener's character is, in
> > my mind, the most evil femme fatale to ever
> saunter across a screen.
> > It was hardly surprising then that the remake with
> Lee Marvin and John
> > Cassavetes didn't measure up. I think, though,
> that Ronald Reagan
> > really ruined what could have been an all right
> film. Was it just me,
> > or was he horribly miscast as a gangster? He had
> no menace, no charm,
> > no anything at all. I just could not believe him
> in that part. It
> > didn't help that the man looked exactly the same
> in 1964 as he did in
> > 1984 when he was president. Watching the one time
> leader of the free
> > world bitch slap Angie Dickinson was a surreal
> experience.
> >

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