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The Killing


Sterling Hayden, Coleen Gray, Vince Edwards, Jay C. Flippen View All


Stanley Kubrick (Screenplay), Stanley Kubrick (Director) View All

Release: Jun. 6th, 1956
Runtime: 1 hour, 25 minutes
Career criminal Johnny Clay recruits a sharpshooter, a crooked police officer, a bartender and a betting teller named George, among others, for one last job before he goes straight and gets married. But when George tells his restless wife about the scheme to steal millions from the racetrack where he works, she hatches a plot of her own.
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Just like Paths of Glory could be described as a "thinking person's war movie" and 2001: A Space Odyssey a "thinking person's science fiction movie," the descriptor also applies to this heist movie.
The film oozes with film noir style and he populates the film with memorable characters.
Though it's probably a bit too pulpy for its own good at times and the characters lack a bit too much definition even for a Kubrick film (though it is early Kubrick), it's definitely a solid example of a classic noir and deserves to be recognised as such.
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