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The Killing
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Sterling Hayden Sterling Hayden
Johnny Clay
Vince Edwards Vince Edwards
Val Cannon
Jay C. Flippen Jay C. Flippen
Marvin Unger
Ted de Corsia Ted de Corsia
Policeman Randy Kennan
Marie Windsor Marie Windsor
Sherry Peatty
Elisha Cook Jr. Elisha Cook Jr.
George Peatty
Joe Sawyer Joe Sawyer
Mike O'Reilly

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Stanley Kubrick Stanley Kubrick
Jim Thompson Jim Thompson


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9 years, 4 months ago at Jul 27 18:17
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"At exactly 3.45 on that Saturday afternoon in the last week of September, Marvin Unger was, perhaps, the only one among the hundred thousand people at the track who felt no thrill in the running of the fifth race. He was totally disinterested in horse racing and held a lifelong contempt for gambling. Nevertheless, he had a $5 win bet on every horse in the fifth race. He knew, of course, that this... read more

Good film but not one of Kubrick's best...

7 years, 10 months ago at Jan 31 8:02
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The Killing is a film that has a very dark story and is a story with a very slow dialogue. It starts off really slowly within the first 30 minutes at least and then it just suddenly starts all over again. To be perfectly honest, I thought this film was rather thrilling and was quite impactful but I don't really refer it as a classic crime film as I don't as a classic Kubrick film.

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5 years, 5 months ago at Jun 30 6:21
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Very nicely paced and set-up for 9/10s of the film. The scheming and characterizations are spot on and make this film a joy to watch. For the ending, however, Kubrick really has to jump through some ridiculous hoops and awkward set-ups to make it happen. It doesn't unglue the rest of the film but it certainly makes it so that the corners are peeling up a bit in the end.
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Johnny Clay has a plan. After spending 5 years in Alcatraz, he decides that if he's going to commit crimes, the risk had better be worth the punishment. He then proceeds to mastermind a brilliant criminal scheme to steal $2,000,000 from a local racetrack in which "no one will get hurt." The only flaw in his plan is that he does not consider one of his cohorts' greedy, shrewish wife and her ruthless boyfriend. That's when something goes wrong.
Release date: 6 June 1956
UPC: 027616770622
Tags: Film Noir (15), 1950s (12), Crime (11), Heist (10), Thriller (10), 1956 (8), Robbery (7), Drama (7), Classic (6), Black And White (5), Police Corruption (4), Gangster (4), Black & White (4), Motel (3), 300 Greatest Films (3), Clown Mask (3), 50s (3), Cult Favorite (3), Sterling Hayden (2), Action (2)
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“I already saw this movie but since it was a while back and since I had it on DVD, I was really eager to check it out again. Well, even though Stanley Kubrick had already directed a few movies before, it was really with this directing effort that he started to display the extent of his talent, becoming one of the most exciting upcoming directors. From this movie and during the following 40 years, each and every movie he will deliver afterwards would turn out to be pretty much amazing which is something no other director has ever managed to achieve. Coming back to our main feature, sure, it was probably not one of Kubrick's very best movies but it was still one of the best heist movies I have seen. Indeed, back then, Kubrick was already displaying some impressive directing skills and his obs” read more

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