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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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R | See all certifications »

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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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Longtime character actor Raymond Hatton's final role. Hatton made his first movie in 1909 and had four hundred eighteen known credits to his name. 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

[first lines]
Little girl on bus: 'Scuse me.
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Row, Row, Row Your Boat
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Performed a cappella by Robert Blake and Ted Eccles
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A Master Piece of Film-Making
25 April 2005 | by angelsunchainedSee all my reviews

I just saw this film again and it's still a masterpiece after almost 40 years.

Robert Blake and Scott Wilson in their greatest on-screen performances as two cold-blooded killers who slaughtered a family of 4 for a mere 40 dollars. Shot in black and white, the film is brutal, disturbing, and raw in it's portrayal of such a violent and senseless act. There are no heroics or wild police chases, just a realistic look at the crime, the capture, and the executions which inspired the award winning novel by Truman Capote, In Cold Blood.

The murders of the family are the most brutal in film-history, yet avoids the blood-bath so common in today's pictures. It's the senselessness of the whole thing that is so disturbing. Outstanding performances by the entire cast. In Cold Blood is a masterpiece.


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