DIRECTOR: DON SIEGEL
CAST: LEE MARVIN, ANGIE DICKINSON, JOHN CASSAVETES, RONALD REAGAN
The screening will be introduced by J. Hoberman, with a book signing to follow.
To the delight of every audience with which I’ve ever watched Don Seigel’s remake of the 1946 noir, The Killers’ cynical arch-criminal, the brains and money behind Lee Marvin’s implacable hit man, turns out to be Ronald Reagan! “Ronnie never fully appreciated until he saw the film that he was really the most evil person in the picture,” Siegel recalled. “I’m sure that he thought that Lee Marvin was really the bad guy.” Released during the summer of 1964, The Killers provided a trailer for Reagan’s TV political debut, an electrifyingly hard-nosed election-eve speech in support of Barry Goldwater.
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