The Killing (1956)
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as Johnny Clay
as Val Cannon
as Marvin Unger
as Sherry Peatty
as Randy Kennan
as George Peatty
as Mike O'Reilly
as Nikki Arane
as Kola Kwarian
as Black Man
as Airline Clerk
as Onlooker (uncredited)
as Maurice Oboukhoff
Critic Reviews for The Killing
At 27 Writer-Director Stanley Kubrick, in his third full-length picture, has shown more audacity with dialogue and camera than Hollywood has seen since the obstreperous Orson Welles went riding out of town on an exhibitors' poll.
[The film] at first tends to be somewhat confusing, soon settles into a tense and suspenseful vein which carries through to an unexpected and ironic windup.
Characteristically Kubrick in both its mechanistic coldness and its vision of human endeavour undone by greed and deceit, this noir-ish heist movie is nevertheless far more satisfying than most of his later work.
Audience Reviews for The Killing
A nice and tidy little heist film, one of the early works of Kubrick, is notable for a myriad of subtle details that work to crank up the suspense and tension until the sublime payoff at the very end. And there's film great Elisha Cook, with nearly a quarter of the film to story arc, which is tidy indeed. Kubrick before he was "a great director!"
Kubrick already showed early signs of his genius when he brought us this masterpiece, an elaborate heist thriller full of rich details for its time, with a deliciously wry dialogue and a suspenseful plot that grows unbearably tense until the very end.
Admittedly, not a movie I would pick out for myself to watch, this wasn't a bad older movie. I particularly liked the gold digging wife and the ending at the airport. It's a heist movie, but the characters and acting are very good.
The Killing Quotes
|Sherry Peatty:||You've never been a liar, George. You don't have enough imagination to lie.|
|George Peatty:||None of these men are criminals in the usual sense. They've all got jobs, they all live seemingly normal, decent lives, but they got their problems and they've all got a little larceny in 'em.|
|Johnny Clay:||You know, Fay, the mistake I made before was shooting for peanuts. Five years have taught me one thing, if nothing else. If you take a chance, be sure the reward's worth the risk. They can put you away just as fast for a ten-dollar heist as for a million.|
|George Peatty:||I gotta go out. I don't suppose there's anything for dinner?|
|Sherry Peatty:||Of course there is. There are all sorts of things. Well, steak and asparagus and potatoes|
|George Peatty:||I don't smell nothin'|
|Sherry Peatty:||That figures. You're too far away from it.|
|George Peatty:||Too far away?|
|Sherry Peatty:||Certainly. You don't think I had it cooked, do you? It's down the shopping centre|