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Killing, The (1956)

...In All Its Fury and Violence

Original Title : Killing, The
Director : Stanley Kubrick
Writer : Stanley Kubrick
Jim Thompson
Lionel White
Genre : Crime
Drama
Country : USA
Language : English
Producer : James B. Harris , Alexander Singer
Music : Gerald Fried
Photography : Lucien Ballard
Distributor : Art Free [gr]
IMDB ID : 0049406
Official site : http://www.mgm.com/title_title.do?title_star=KILLINGT
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Starring

Sterling Hayden Johnny Clay
Coleen Gray Fay
Coleen Gray Fay
 

Plot

Ex-convict Johnny Clay (Sterling Hayden) tells his girl friend, Fay (Coleen Gray), he has plans for making money, and indeed he has. He rounds up a gang and brings them in on a seemingly fool-proof scheme to rob a race track of $200,000. The first thread unravels when Sherry Peatty (Marie Windsor), wife of gang-member George Peatty (Elisha Cook, Jr.), tells her boyfriend Val Cannon (Vince Edwards) about the plan, and he cuts himself in on that action also. The robbery is completed and the gang goes to the hideout where Johnny will join them later. Val sticks up the robbers, a shot is fired, and all hands are soon dispatched. Johnny, with the money in a suitcase, joins Fay at the airport. And the fat lady still hasn't sung.
 

Comments

Crackling heist story that will have you glued to your seat There's little to fault in Stanley Kubrick's classic robbery tale.Theacting is first-rate with Marie Windsor, as Mrs. Peaty, a sarcastic stand-out.The story just pops off the screen - and at less than 90 minutes,there's literally no filler.I love the winding time line("earlier thatday" etc.), which has been liberally utilized by Quentin Tarantino (JackieBrown, Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs).This film was made right beforeKubrick's WWI marvel, Paths of Glory, and his genius is apparent in both.No wasted words or actions.Love that last line!
 
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