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The Killing (1956)



Critic Consensus: Stanley Kubrick's The Killing is a clever and brisk crime film with plenty of twists.

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A gang of greedy petty criminals plan a race track robbery. The plan gets foiled and disaster ensues.

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Sterling Hayden
as Johnny Clay
Vince Edwards
as Val Cannon
Jay C. Flippen
as Marvin Unger
Marie Windsor
as Sherry Peatty
Ted de Corsia
as Randy Kennan
Elisha Cook Jr.
as George Peatty
Joe Sawyer
as Mike O'Reilly
Timothy Carey
as Nikki Arane
Maurice Oboukhoff
as Kola Kwarian
James Edwards
as Black Man
Rodney Dangerfield
as Onlooker (uncredited)
Kola Kwarian
as Maurice Oboukhoff
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Critic Reviews for The Killing

All Critics (38) | Top Critics (7)

Faultless and enjoyable.

June 24, 2013 | Full Review…

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.

August 3, 2011 | Full Review…
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[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.

May 8, 2007 | Full Review…

Arguably Stanley Kubrick's most perfectly conceived and executed film.

May 8, 2007 | Full Review…

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.

February 9, 2006 | Full Review…

An engrossing little adventure.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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!"

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


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.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

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