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Company of Killers (1970)

A gunman working for a crime ring is hunted by both the police and his employers after a cop is murdered.

Director:

Jerry Thorpe

Writer:

E. Jack Neuman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Van Johnson ... Sam Cahill
Ray Milland ... George DeSalles
Brian Kelly ... Nick Andros
Fritz Weaver ... John Shankalien
Clu Gulager ... Frank Quinn
Susan Oliver ... Thelma Dwyer
Diana Lynn ... Edwina DeSalles
John Saxon ... Dave Poohler
Robert Middleton ... Owen Brady
Terry Carter ... Jaffie
Ahna Capri ... Maryjane Smythe (as Terry Capri)
Anthony James ... Jimmy Kinic
Marian Collier ... Sylvia Xavier
Nate Esformes ... Peterson
Mercer Harris Mercer Harris ... Luke
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A gunman working for a crime ring is hunted by both the police and his employers after a cop is murdered.

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Taglines:

Assassins for Hire! Satisfaction Guaranteed! Killing is Big Business In the Hands of This Murder Machine!

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 February 1972 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

The Hit Team See more »

Filming Locations:

Denver, Colorado, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Television See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Originally intended as a TV movie named "The Protectors", but released theatrically with this new name. See more »

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Not brilliant but easy to watch.
27 October 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I read through the other three reviews on IMDb for "Company of Killers" and I am apparently a bit happier with the film than them. While I'd say it's far from a must-see film, it is a decent time-passer.

The film begins with a guy bleeding in the park. He's discovered by a cop and brought to the hospital. Surprisingly, a few minutes later, he is able to walk off--and the police are naturally baffled. What they don't know is that this injured man is an assassin. The film then follows three main tracks--following the killer, following the organization that hired him and the police as they investigate. Can this guy be stopped in time? The biggest weakness of the movie is that the time between the discovery of Saxon in the park until something serious occurs is about 40 minutes--providing a lot of relatively dull time in between. However, the film is rather realistic in its depiction of police work and the final portion of the movie is pretty exciting. In addition, you get to see a lot of A and B-list celebrities in this one including Van Johnson, Ray Milland, Fritz Weaver, Diana Lynn* and Clu Gulager.

*Sadly, this was Lynn's final film, as she died of cancer the same year this film was released. Sadly, although about 45, she looked significantly older here and her part was rather small.


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