Killing

Killing

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Director: Stanley Kubrick

Cast: Stanley Kubrick, Sterling Hayden, Coleen Gray, Marie Windsor

     
 

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The Killing was director Stanley Kubrick's first major film effort -- though, like Kubrick's earlier films, it was economically produced with an inexpensive cast. In a variation of his Asphalt Jungle role, Sterling Hayden plays veteran criminal Johnny Clay, planning one last big heist before settling down to a respectable marriage with Fay (Colleen Gray)See more details below

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The Killing was director Stanley Kubrick's first major film effort -- though, like Kubrick's earlier films, it was economically produced with an inexpensive cast. In a variation of his Asphalt Jungle role, Sterling Hayden plays veteran criminal Johnny Clay, planning one last big heist before settling down to a respectable marriage with Fay (Colleen Gray). Teaming with several cohorts, Johnny masterminds a racetrack robbery. The basic flaw is that all the crooks involved are losers and small-timers who find themselves in way over their heads despite their supposed cleverness. None of the participants is more pathetic than George Peatty (Elisha Cook Jr.), who is goaded into the robbery by his covetous and far-from-faithful wife (Marie Windsor). As in a Greek tragedy, Johnny's best-laid schemes go awry. Prominently featured in the cast of The Killing are offbeat character actors Tim Carey and Joe Turkel, who'd show up with equally showy roles in future Kubrick productions. The Killing is based on the novel Clean Break by Lionel White.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
Stanley Kubrick's third feature showed that he was no ordinary director, as he dispensed with traditional time structure to detail the planning and execution of a racetrack heist gone wrong. Combining a non-linear story with a unifying, matter-of-fact voice-over narration, Kubrick constructed an intricate yet lucid cinematic puzzle that shifted back and forth both in time and among the central characters, revealing the personal stakes for each participant by following their individual actions leading up to the fateful seventh race. Johnny the leader thinks he has it all under control, but, in true Kubrick fashion, his plan is not immune to human failure. While the fractured time frame and use of long takes and tracking shots signaled Kubrick's stylistic break from classical form, the sharp black-and-white photography, Marie Windsor's insidious femme fatale, and Sterling Hayden's doomed Johnny place The Killing in the mode of 1940s/1950s film noir. His first film made on a reasonable budget and with an established cast of pros, The Killing caught critics' attention and established Kubrick as a director to watch, especially for such future cinematic time-tricksters as Quentin Tarantino.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/16/2011
UPC:
0715515085717
Original Release:
1956
Rating:
NR
Source:
Criterion
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[B&W, Wide Screen]
Time:
1:24:00
Sales rank:
2,781

Special Features

Disc 1 - New Video Interview with Producer James B. Harris; Excerpted Interviews with actor Sterling Hayden from the French television series Cinéma cinémas; New Video Interview with Poet and Author Robert Polito about Writer Jim Thompson; Trailer; ; Disc 2 - Restored high-definition digital transfer of Stanley Kubrick's 1955 noir feature Killer's Kiss; New video appreciation of Killer's Kiss featuring film critic Geoffrey O'Brien ; Trailer; ; Plus: a Booklet featuring an essay by film historian Haden Guest and a reprinted interview with actress Marie Windsor

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sterling Hayden Johnny Clay
Coleen Gray Fay
Marie Windsor Sherry Peatty
Elisha Cook George Peatty
Vincent Edwards Val Cannon
Jay C. Flippen Marvin Unger
Ted de Corsia Randy Kennan
Joe Sawyer Mike O'Reilly
Timothy Carey Nikki Arane
Jay Adler Leo
Joe Turkel Tiny
William Benedict Airline Clerk
Tito Vuolo Actor
James Edwards Parking Attendant
Dorothy Adams Actor
Mary Carroll Actor
James Griffith Actor
Kola Kwarian Maurice Oboukhoff
Steve Mitchell Actor
Robert B. Williams Actor

Technical Credits
Stanley Kubrick Director,Screenwriter
Lucien Ballard Cinematographer
Gerald Fried Score Composer
Rudy Harrington Costumes/Costume Designer
James B. Harris Producer
David Koehler Special Effects
Harry Reif Set Decoration/Design
Alexander Singer Associate Producer
Earl Snyder Sound/Sound Designer
Ruth Sobotka Art Director
Betty Steinberg Editor
Jim Thompson Screenwriter

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Killing
1. Puzzle Pieces [4:57]
2. Personal Business [2:04]
3. Most Important Thread [3:32]
4. Pains [5:04]
5. A Break [3:39]
6. 504 West Olive [2:49]
7. No Good And Nosy [4:06]
8. "I'm Dropping Out" [3:06]
9. Hired Muscle [3:27]
10. Triggerman [2:35]
11. Hideaway [1:53]
12. "Stop Butting In" [3:41]
13. A Stand-Up Guy [2:26]
14. Scheduled Drops [2:03]
15. A Husband's Promise [5:27]
16. The Officer's Duties [2:10]
17. Some Luck [3:51]
18. Red Lightning [5:36]
19. Heist [7:38]
20. Waiting for Johnny [3:32]
21. Fifteen Minutes Late [2:38]
22. "A Bad Joke" [1:40]
23. Baggage Problems [6:07]
Disc #2 -- The Killing: Killer's Kiss
1. In a Mess [2:17]
2. Has-been [5:46]
3. Getting Ready [2:45]
4. A Weak Chin [5:57]
5. "You Need a Vacation" [3:35]
6. The Scream [6:20]
7. Iris's Story [5:50]
8. Over His Head [4:11]
9. Pleasureland Snafu [7:29]
10. Bad Trouble [5:51]
11. To the Rescue [5:15]
12. Alleys and Rooftops [3:53]
13. Mannequin Mayhem [5:16]
14. At The Station [2:41]

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