This cynical spy thriller (1975) finds Sam Peckinpah in a strangely self-critical mood. James Caan and Robert Duvall, as two free-lance assassins, manage between them to trample most of the ideals that make Peckinpah Peckinpah, until Caan undergoes a bizarre last-reel regeneration. Half self-parody, half deadly serious, The Killer Elite is an intriguingly enigmatic movie from one of our most committed and most maligned film artists.