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The Killing (1956)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 6 June 1956 (USA)
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Crook Johnny Clay assembles a five man team to plan and execute a daring race-track robbery.

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Stanley Kubrick

Writers:

Stanley Kubrick (screenplay), Jim Thompson (dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sterling Hayden ... Johnny Clay
Coleen Gray ... Fay
Vince Edwards ... Val Cannon
Jay C. Flippen ... Marvin Unger
Ted de Corsia ... Patrolman Randy Kennan (as Ted DeCorsia)
Marie Windsor ... Sherry Peatty
Elisha Cook Jr. ... George Peatty (as Elisha Cook)
Joe Sawyer ... Mike O'Reilly
James Edwards ... Track Parking Attendant
Timothy Carey ... Nikki Arcane
Kola Kwariani Kola Kwariani ... Maurice Oboukhoff
Jay Adler ... Leo the Loanshark
Tito Vuolo ... Joe Piano
Dorothy Adams ... Ruthie O'Reilly
Herbert Ellis Herbert Ellis ... Second American Airlines Clerk
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Storyline

After just being released from a five year stint in prison, Johnny Clay has assembled a five man team, including two insiders, to carry out what he estimates will be a $2 million heist at Lansdowne Racetrack, that take, minus expenses, to be split five ways. Besides Johnny, none of the men truly are criminals in the typical sense. In addition to the other four team members, Johnny has hired two men external to the team to carry out specific functions for a flat fee, the other four who will not meet the two men for hire or know who they are, while the two men for hire will not be told of the bigger picture of the heist. None involved are to tell anyone, even their loved ones, about the job, each of the five who has a specific reason for wanting his share of the money: Johnny, in wanting to get married to his longtime girlfriend Fay, the two who have known each other since they were kids, realizes that to live comfortably, he has to shoot for the moon instead of carrying out the penny ... Written by Huggo

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In All Its Fury and Violence ...Like No Other Picture Since "Scarface" and "Little Caesar"! See more »


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Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 June 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bed of Fear See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$320,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Goofs

On the day of the robbery a scene with the character, Johnny Clay, shows him awake and dressed and says "At seven that morning, Johnny Clay began what might be, the last day of his life". He wakes another character and they talk awhile. This scene is immediately followed by an airport scene in which the narrator says: "It was exactly 7:00AM when he got to the airport". See more »

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Narrator: 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 at 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 rather unique system of betting would more than likely result in a loss, but he didn't...
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I was rooting for the bad guys.
27 December 2005 | by buck001See all my reviews

This movie is about a group of men pulling off the ultimate heist at a horse race track...one that has never yet been pulled off. The actual robbery wasn't as impressive as the storyline. Right from the beginning, the film focuses on each character involved in the heist. It takes a look at each of their home lives, and tells us about their characters before the actual plot begins. I love this sentimental and intimate subjective view that is rarely seen in old movies like this. You really get a feeling of sympathy for a character like George, when you find out that his wife is unfaithful, and think..."maybe he is a good guy after all, and maybe his wife is the villain". The plot is more or less a typical 50's film noire piece, but it's early retrospective viewpoints(Tarantino-esquire)and overall suspense make this movie much more than your typical black and white crime flick. This movie had an absolutely perfect ending. It definitely gives viewers a good look at Kubric's cinematic craftsmanship at an early stage.


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