Cry Baby Killer (1958)





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This odd drama features Jack Nicholson, then only 21-years old, in his first feature film. He plays a young delinquent who thinks he may have killed one of the two thugs who were pursuing him. He hides out in a local drive-in where he takes three hostages and barricades himself and them in a storeroom. Police surround the place and try to negotiate with the frightened boy but even his friends cannot reach him. Meanwhile, the media has learned of the situation and soon a TV news crew arrives followed by a crowd of spectators. Soon concessions are being sold, and the event becomes a circus.
Classics , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Jack Nicholson
as Jimmy Wallace
Carolyn Mitchell
as Carole Fields
Brett Halsey
as Manny Cole
Harry Lauter
as Police Lt. Porter
Ralph Reed
as Joey
John Shay
as Police Officer Gannon
Barbara Knudson
as Mrs. Maxton
Claude Stroud
as Werner
Ruth Swanson
as Mrs. Wallace
William A. Forester
as Mr. Maxton
John Weed
as Police Sgt. Reed
Frank Richards
as Pete Gambelli
Bill Erwin
as Mr. Wallace
Ed Nelson
as Rick
Mitzi McCall
as Evelyn
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Critic Reviews for Cry Baby Killer

All Critics (3)

Desinteressante em todos os aspectos (visualmente, narrativamente, tematicamente), ainda peca pelo moralismo ultrapassado, mantendo-se historicamente relevante apenas por ter marcado a estreia de Nicholson no Cinema.

July 19, 2010
Cinema em Cena

...a slow-moving and surprisingly uneventful piece of work.

Full Review… | January 21, 2008
Reel Film Reviews

Heavy in dialoge, the scenes plod along without much rhythm.

Full Review… | April 4, 2007
Calgary Movies

Audience Reviews for Cry Baby Killer


This is Nicholson's first big movie role, and he does his best, but the story is predictable, and the themes are heavy handed. Overall, not such a good movie, but it's interesting to see anyway.

Aj V
Aj V

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