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The Killing [Criterion Collection] [2 Discs] [DVD] [1956]

Release Date:08/16/2011

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    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (4 out of 4)

    Special Features

    • Disc 1 - New Video Interview with Producer James B. Harris
    • Excerpted Interviews with actor Sterling Hayden from the French television series Cinéma cinémas
    • New Video Interview with Poet and Author Robert Polito about Writer Jim Thompson
    • Trailer
    • Disc 2 - Restored high-definition digital transfer of Stanley Kubrick's 1955 noir feature Killer's Kiss
    • New video appreciation of Killer's Kiss featuring film critic Geoffrey O'Brien
    • Plus: a Booklet featuring an essay by film historian Haden Guest and a reprinted interview with actress Marie Windsor


    The Killing
    The Killing was director Stanley Kubrick's first major film effort -- though, like Kubrick's earlier films, it was economically produced with an inexpensive cast. In a variation of his Asphalt Jungle role, Sterling Hayden plays veteran criminal Johnny Clay, planning one last big heist before settling down to a respectable marriage with Fay (Colleen Gray). Teaming with several cohorts, Johnny masterminds a racetrack robbery. The basic flaw is that all the crooks involved are losers and small-timers who find themselves in way over their heads despite their supposed cleverness. None of the participants is more pathetic than George Peatty (Elisha Cook Jr.), who is goaded into the robbery by his covetous and far-from-faithful wife (Marie Windsor). As in a Greek tragedy, Johnny's best-laid schemes go awry. Prominently featured in the cast of The Killing are offbeat character actors Tim Carey and Joe Turkel, who'd show up with equally showy roles in future Kubrick productions. The Killing is based on the novel Clean Break by Lionel White. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Sterling Hayden
      Sterling Hayden - Johnny Clay
    • Coleen Gray
      Coleen Gray - Fay
    • Marie Windsor
      Marie Windsor - Sherry Peatty
    • Elisha Cook, Jr.
      Elisha Cook, Jr. - George Peatty
    • Vince Edwards
      Vince Edwards - Val Cannon

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