Killer Elite

September 23rd 2011
  • Action/Thriller,
  • R,
  • 105 min,
  • Other
  • Cast: Jason Statham, Robert De Niro, Yvonne Strahovski, Clive Owen, Dominic Purcell, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Grant Bowler, Ben Mendelsohn, Michael Dorman, Lachy Hulme, Firass Dirani, Daniel Messier, Aden Young, Matthew Nable, Kristy Barnes-Cullen, Jamie McDowell, Sandy Greenwood, Birol Tarkan Yildiz, Chris Anderson, Michael Carman, Rodney Afif, Brendan Charleson, Barry Stones, Puven Pather, Riley Evans, Jack Llewellyn
  • Director: Gary McKendry
  • Writers: Gary McKendry, Matt Sherring, Ranulph Fiennes
  • Producers: Michael Boughen, Steve Chasman, Sigurjon Sighvatsson, Tony Winley
  • Executive Producers: Peter D. Graves, Bill Johnson, Christopher Mapp, Matthew Street, David Whealy
  • Art Direction: Tim Dickel
  • Casting: Leigh Pickford
  • Costume Design: Katherine Milne
  • D.O.P.: Simon Duggan
  • Editor: John Gilbert
  • Makeup: Hayley Atherton
  • Musics: Reinhold Heil, Johnny Klimek
  • Production Design: Michelle McGahey
  • Set Decoration: Rolland Pike


Based on a true story, "Killer Elite" races across the globe from Australia to Paris, London and the Middle East in the action-packed account of an ex-special ops agent (Jason Statham) who is lured out of retirement to rescue his mentor (Robert De Niro). To make the rescue, he must complete a near-impossible mission of killing three tough-as-nails assassins with a cunning leader (Clive Owen).

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Filming Locations: Jordan; Melbourne, Australia; Wales, UK
  • MPAA Warning: Strong violence, language and some sexuality/nudity
  • Production Budget: $66 million
  • Production Companies: Omnilab Media, Ambience Entertainment, Current Entertainment, International Traders, Mascot Pictures Limited, Palomar Pictures
  • Production Schedule: 10 May 2010 - July 2010

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2011 Guide Analysis: "Not a remake of, or to be confused with the 1975 Sam Peckinpah film of the same name, this is actually an adaptation of the 1991 novel "The Feather Men" by adventurer and former SAS soldier Sir Ranulph Fiennes. At the time of publication, the book was mired in controversy over Fiennes' claims it was based on factual events and was essentially an 'authorised' history of this group of vigilantes who saved him from being the fifth man slain by the hired guns of a vengeful sheikh seeking retribution.

For nearly two decades, Fiennes was always vague on the story's veracity - the official report states that the four soldiers who served with Fiennes in Oman had died in accidents or of natural causes while the Ministry of Defence has always claimed the events described in the book "simply never took place". When work on this film adaptation got underway a few months ago, the daughter of one of the four soldiers confronted Fiennes who finally admitted to her that the book is fiction (her father actually died during an SAS endurance exercise in Wales in 1979).

While all that controversy was happening in the UK, on the other side of the globe this $66 million film adaptation was midway through filming in Melbourne, Australia which oddly enough was used to stand in for 1970's Paris. Producer Christopher Mapp says that Melbourne and its surrounding areas will play the Middle East and the UK as well, but some actual location shooting in those real-life locations will be done to be blended together and complete the illusion.

Robert De Niro flew in for ten days to play a small role as an assassin, the sole American amidst a cast that consists of three Brits - Clive Owen, Jason Statham and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje ("Lost") - and a bunch of Australians including Dominic Purcell ("Prison Break"), Yvonne Strahovski ("Chuck"), Ben Mendelsohn ("Animal Kingdom"), Grant Bowler ("True Blood"), Michael Dorman ("Daybreakers") and Firass Dirani ("Underbelly: The Golden Mile"). The project also marks the feature debut of Irish commercial director Gary McKendry, whose short film "Everything in This Country Must" scored an Oscar nomination in 2005. Could have a lot of potential."

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 22 September 2011: Portugal, South Korea
  • 23 September 2011: Canada, UK
  • 20 October 2011: Singapore
  • 26 October 2011: France
  • 27 October 2011: Germany
  • 17 November 2011: Netherlands
  • 24 November 2011: Hungary
  • 2 December 2011: Brazil