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In Cold Blood (1967)

After a botched robbery results in the brutal murder of a rural family, two drifters elude police, in the end coming to terms with their own mortality and the repercussions of their vile atrocity.

Director:

Richard Brooks

Writers:

Truman Capote (based on the book by), Richard Brooks (written for the screen by)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Blake ... Perry
Scott Wilson ... Dick
John Forsythe ... Alvin Dewey
Paul Stewart ... Jensen
Gerald S. O'Loughlin ... Harold Nye
Jeff Corey ... Mr. Hickock
John Gallaudet ... Roy Church
James Flavin ... Clarence Duntz
Charles McGraw ... Tex Smith
Will Geer ... Prosecutor
John McLiam ... Herbert Clutter
Ruth Storey Ruth Storey ... Bonnie Clutter
Brenda Currin ... Nancy Clutter (as Brenda C. Currin)
Paul Hough Paul Hough ... Kenyon Clutter
Vaughn Taylor ... Good Samaritan
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Storyline

In meeting in Kansas, ex-cons Perry Smith and Dick Hickock are breaking several conditions of their respective paroles. The meeting, initiated by Dick, is to plan and eventually carry out a robbery based on information he had received from a fellow inmate about $10,000 cash being locked in a hidden safe in the home of the farming Clutter family of Holcomb, Kansas. After the robbery, they plan on going to Mexico permanently to elude capture by the police. Each brings a necessary personality to the partnership to carry out the plan, Dick who is the brash manipulator, Perry the outwardly more sensitive but unrealistic dreamer with a violent streak under the surface. Perry literally carries all his dreams in a large box he takes with him wherever he goes. The robbery does not go according to plan in any respect, the pair who ultimately hogtie and execute all four members of the Clutter family, only coming away from the home with $43 in cash. As Perry and Dick go on the run, a murder ... Written by Huggo

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 March 1968 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

Truman Capote's In Cold Blood See more »

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Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

3 Channel Stereo (Westrex Recording System) (5.0) (L-R)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Robert Blake and Scott Wilson were not the first choices to play the cold-blooded murderers. Studio heads at Columbia Pictures originally wanted Paul Newman and Steve McQueen in the lead roles. Newman chose instead to star in Cool Hand Luke (1967) and Hombre (1967) that year; McQueen worked on The Thomas Crown Affair (1968) and Bullitt (1968). See more »

Goofs

Perry tells phones Reverend Post that he is at the bus station in Kansas City, Missouri. Post replies "You've already broken parole by quitting your job. You'll break it again if you step into Kansas. Whatever you do, don't cross that river into Kansas." However, the state line at Kansas City is a land boundary that is near the Kansas River, but is neither that nor the Missouri River. See more »

Quotes

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Row, Row, Row Your Boat
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Gripping
29 June 1999 | by Ed in MOSee all my reviews

I happened to be sitting in a lovely hotel room at a wonderful resort in the Ozarks, ready to go out on the boat after golfing 18 holes in fine weather, when I made the mistake of turning on the TV. One of the cable channels was screening "In Cold Blood." I watched the opening sequence. Despite the beautiful weather, and the girlfriend nagging at me to get up off the couch and go outside, I knew I wouldn't leave the room until the movie was over. I can't add much to the fine reviews by others, particularly the review by the gentleman from London, except to add that the dialogue in the movie is marvelous. The writer and director caught the laconic, spare speech of the Midwest. The questions and answers between the characters are perfect. (Paul Stewart, the reporter: "Don't the people in this town lock their doors?" John Forsythe, the detective: "They will tonight.") And the way Perry and Dick look at each other menacingly in critical situations gives one the chills. (Dick: "Don't worry baby; we left no living witnesses." Perry, staring at Dick: "I know one.") Of all the great performances in the film, my favorite is John Forsythe as the KBI detective who grows weary from contemplating the evil minds behind the murders of his Kansas neighbors, the Clutters. A close second among the great performances is Scott Wilson, who makes Dick a charming loser going nowhere in life, unable and unwilling to civilize himself to live in society.

Certainly this is one of the ten best movies ever made, and the best of all the "True Crime" movies. (The made-for-TV remake was a horrible, lame joke.) I just hope when it comes on again it's a miserable day outside so I don't miss out on the boating! Ed in St. Louis


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