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The Killing (20-May-1956)

Director: Stanley Kubrick

Writers: Stanley Kubrick; Jim Thompson

From novel: Clean Break by Lionel White

Music Composed and Conducted by: Gerald Fried

Producer: James B. Harris

Keywords: Crime, Film Noir, Horse Racing, Heist

Ex-convict Johnny Clay assembles a crew of amateurs, all with clean records and none of whom know each other, to pull off a daring and carefully-planned $2M heist at a racetrack. The initial robbery goes like clockwork, but complications arise in the aftermath, when the money is to be delivered. Stanley Kubrick's third film, made while he was still in his 20s; The Killing established his reputation but is now often overlooked.

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Elisha Cook, Jr.
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Vince Edwards
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Coleen Gray
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Sterling Hayden
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Marie Windsor
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Sterling Hayden   ...   Johnny Clay
Coleen Gray   ...   Fay
Vince Edwards   ...   Val Cannon
Jay C. Flippen   ...   Marvin Unger
Ted DeCorsia   ...   Randy Kennan
Marie Windsor   ...   Sherry Peatty
Elisha Cook, Jr.   ...   George Peatty
Joe Sawyer   ...   Mike O'Reilly
James Edwards   ...   Parking Attendant
Timothy Carey   ...   Nikki Arcane
Kola Kwariani   ...   Maurice Oboukhoff
Jay Adler   ...   Leo
Tito Vuolo   ...   Motel Owner
Dorothy Adams   ...   Ruthie O'Reilly
Herbert Ellis   ...   Guard
James Griffith   ...   Mr. Grimes
Cecil Elliott   ...   Lady with Dog
Joseph Turkel   ...   Tiny
Steve Mitchell   ...   Airline Clerk
Mary Carroll   ...   Woman Requesting Help
Billy Benedict   ...   Airline Clerk
Charles R. Cane   ...   Plainclothes Officer
Robert B. Williams   ...   Plainclothes Officer


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