In Cold Blood

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In Cold Blood is a classic docudrama with a fictional thriller's grip -- and a pair of terrific lead performances from Robert Blake and Scott Wilson.

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In this adaptation of Truman Capote's seminal true-crime novel, ex-convicts Perry Smith (Robert Blake) and Richard "Dick" Hickock (Scott Wilson) hatch a plan to rob a wealthy Kansas family, the Clutters. The men enter the Clutter home expecting to find a safe filled with cash, but in fact find no money at all. Enraged, they kill the entire family and flee. While on the run, they face not only the realities of their terrible crime but also their own earthly impermanence.

Cast & Crew

Robert Blake
Perry Smith
Scott Wilson
Dick Hickock
John Forsythe
Alvin Dewey
Jeff Corey
Mr. Hickock
Will Geer
Prosecutor
James Flavin
Clarence Duntz
Quincy Jones
Original Music
Conrad L. Hall
Cinematographer
Peter Zinner
Film Editor
Robert F. Boyle
Production Design
Robert F. Boyle
Art Direction
Jack H. Ahern
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Critic Reviews for In Cold Blood

All Critics (38) | Top Critics (10) | Fresh (32) | Rotten (6)

  • It's both a "true crime" movie and a poetic account of two young men who, by committing an act of unspeakable brutality, unleash the furies against themselves.

    September 11, 2015 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • Blake and Wilson give wonderfully natural performances: eerie in their casual attitude to murder but endearing in their open natures. In Cold Blood doesn't judge them but doesn't excuse them.

    September 11, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Truman Capote's non-fiction masterwork gets the film noir treatment from director Richard Brooks, with a slow dissection of "a crime that shocked a nation."

    September 10, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Kate Muir

    Times (UK)
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  • Capote's non-fiction novel brooded on the sheer pointless nightmare, and so does the film, to some extent; the killers' casual excitement at the prospect of murderous violence is still chilling.

    September 10, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • A probing, sensitive, tasteful, balanced and suspenseful documentary-drama.

    April 8, 2008 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

    Variety
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  • Hall's bleak vision, his gift for working with darkness and rain, rivals classic film noir of the 1940s and '50s in its visual mastery.

    March 2, 2006 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for In Cold Blood

  • Aug 25, 2016
    If the filmmakers kept the focus on Blake and Wilson (both perfectly cast), instead of forcing a number of unnecessary supporting players into the narrative, this might have been a masterpiece, As it stands, the movie has stretches of utter genius that are brought to a grinding halt whenever the cops and reporters start blabbering to one another.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 25, 2013
    In Cold Blood is ground breaking for the emotions that well up when seeing it. The black and white filming makes it stark...as it should be. Gorgeous to look at.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Aug 17, 2013
    The greatest thing that Richard Brooks, In Cold Blood, holds for itself, is the stunning black and white shots. The cinematography by Conrad L Hall, who's done a lot of great things like American Beauty and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, does another superb job with this work. The picture quality was crisp, and the fade outs just blended so perfectly. This film is deep into the realism sphere. While the movie isn't wholesome, the family scenes were, and reminded me of The Young Savages. The music wasn't fitting, and this movie could've been shorter, but it was a classy film. 3.5 stars-
    Daniel D Super Reviewer
  • Apr 04, 2012
    A stark, realistic portrayal of cold-blooded violence taking over a couple of young mens' senses, and how they go on the run from the police trying to track them down after brutally murdering the family of four they originally planned to rob and leave. Based on true events, director Richard Brooks patiently and disturbingly paints a picture of two characters who act stupidly and carelessly, concentrating on fulfilling their own shortsighted, selfish desires while senselessly taking away four lives. At times, Brooks seems to be over-sympathizing and romanticizing these two killers, but based on this film as well as the equally phenomenal "Capote", it seems like the Perry Smith character (in this case played by Robert Blake) had a heart and was truly sorry for his heinous act of violence. Definitely a little dated, but still a shocking study that remains gritty and arresting throughout. Blake and Scott Wilson (now of "The Walking Dead" fame) are utterly fantastic in their respected roles. A movie that definitely should be seen. The only thing that keeps it from being an all-time great is an unnecessary, unfair take on the death penalty, marring an otherwise outstanding second half of the film especially.
    Dan S Super Reviewer

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