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The Kill Off (1989)

The Kill Off





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Based on a book by late pulp novelist Jim Thompson (whose stories inspired films such as The Getaway and The Grifters) this gripping crime drama is imbued with an effectively dark and hopeless ambiance that belies the film's low budget. Set in a run-down Jersey resort during the off-season, it is the grim tale of a town held in the vicious thrall of a viciously embittered, bed-ridden matron whose only joy seems to destroying the lives of others with her acid tongue. Things go from bad to worse when she learns that her much-younger husband, a janitor at the local nightclub, has fallen in love with the stripper his boss hired to drum up business. As a result the matron is murdered. She spent so many years alienating so many people it is difficult to discern who among the wounded would have the gumption to destroy her. In Thompson's book the killer's identity is never revealed, but in the film, a culprit is eventually named.more
Rating: R
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Maggie Greenwald
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On DVD: Jul 9, 1996
Palace Pictures


Jackson Sims
as Pete Pavlov
Cathy Haase
as Danny Lee
Ralph Graff
as Lily's Brother
Bill Busto
as Policeman
Mike Towstik
as Bar Regular
Spencer Neyland
as Dancing Drums
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All Critics (5)

An ugly, low budget noir that...somehow manages to capture the spirit of Jim Thompson's writing.

Full Review… | October 26, 2007
All Movie Guide

It's rare that a woman directs a noir film and especially one as hard-boiled as this one.

Full Review… | April 14, 2003
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

July 2, 2005

Full Review… | April 15, 2003
Austin Chronicle

Full Review… | May 24, 2003

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