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The Killer Elite (1975)

Mike Locke, who works for a private security firm affiliated with the CIA, is betrayed by his partner and left apparently crippled for life.

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Mike Locken
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Cap Collis
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Jerome Miller
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Yuen Chung
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Mac
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Lawrence Weyburn
Tom Clancy ...
O'Leary
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Tommie (as Tiana)
Walter Kelley ...
Walter
Kate Heflin ...
Amy
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Josephine
Carole Mallory ...
Rita
James Wing Woo ...
Tao Yi
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Bruce (as George Kee Cheung)
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Mike Locken is one of the principal members of a group of freelance spies. A significant portion of their work is for the C.I.A. and while on a case for them, one of his friends turns on him and shoots him in the elbow and knee. His assignment, to protect someone, goes down in flames. He is nearly crippled, but with braces is able to again become mobile. For revenge as much as anything else, Mike goes after his ex-friend. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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cia | spy | revenge | partner | security | See All (264) »

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The C.I.A. protects America ... who protects America from the C.I.A. ! See more »

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Action | Crime | Thriller

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19 December 1975 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Assassinos de Elite  »

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Trivia

Martial Arts expert Hank Hamilton developed a new method of instructing the actors specifically for this film, in order to technically direct the savage kung fu battle on the decks and also from the crow's nest of the Mothball fleet. See more »

Goofs

Jerome kills the police officer (who he later reveals is not one by his choice of firearm) and the group abruptly leaves the area without concealing the body. For professionals this doesn't make much sense.

Even if the "officer" was not one, it could take as long as several days for the police department to identify him as being a fraud. In the interim, the police would proceed under the assumption that the individual was a police officer and they would hunt the shooter with a great deal of alacrity. Hiding or concealing would have been prudent. See more »

Quotes

Lawrence Weyburn: My father was a minister. That's what he wanted me to be.
Mike Locken: Who cares?
[laughs derisively]
Mike Locken: Who cares?
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Crazy Credits

This film is a work of fiction. There is no company called Communications Integrity NOR ComTeg and the thought the C.I.A. might employ such an organization for any purpose is, of course, preposterous. See more »

Connections

Featured in Dusk to Dawn Drive-In Trash-o-Rama Show Vol. 2 (1996) See more »

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Ramona
(1928) (uncredited)
Lyrics by L. Wolfe Gilbert
Music by Mabel Wayne
Sung by James Caan and Robert Duvall
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What would you take to sell your friend?
23 May 2002 | by (Georgia, USA) – See all my reviews

Entertaining and fairly gritty look at the real life undercover spooks who do the CIA's dirty work or sometimes are bought by the highest bidder.

Contains some parallels to Peckinpah's greatest film THE WILD BUNCH in that it explores themes of obsolescence, integrity, loyalty, and friendship. Caan and Duvall are at the top of their game and supporting actors Burt Young, Bo Hopkins, and Gig Young lend credibility as guys who are willing to play the dirty game.

Jerry Fielding score as in THE WILD BUNCH is superb. 4 out of 5 stars


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