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Kiss Me Deadly (1955)

 -  Crime | Film-Noir | Mystery  -  18 May 1955 (USA)
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A doomed female hitchhiker pulls Mike Hammer into a deadly whirlpool of intrigue, revolving around a mysterious "great whatsit."

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Juano Hernandez ...
Eddie Yeager
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Marian Carr ...
Friday (as Marion Carr)
Marjorie Bennett ...
Manager
Mort Marshall ...
Ray Diker
Fortunio Bonanova ...
Carmen Trivago
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Harvey Wallace
Mady Comfort ...
Nightclub Singer (as Madi Comfort)
James McCallion ...
Horace
Robert Cornthwaite ...
FBI Agent
Silvio Minciotti ...
Mover
Nick Dennis ...
Nick Va Va Voom
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Storyline

Private Investigator Mike Hammer gets involved in a murder case after he gives a lift to Christina Bailey. She is obviously on the run as she is barefoot and wearing nothing but a trench coat. Whoever was after her eventually catches up with them. She has information they want but dies while being questioned. They fake an accident by pushing Hammer's car off the road but he survives, waking up in the hospital two weeks later. As he investigates Christina's death he's told by the police to stay out of it but the hard-nosed PI proceeds anyways. Little did he know that Christina's secret would lead to death and destruction. Written by garykmcd

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

"I don't care what you do to me, Mike - just do it fast!" See more »


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Release Date:

18 May 1955 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mickey Spillane's Kiss Me Deadly  »

Box Office

Budget:

$410,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$214 (USA) (2 May 2008)

Gross:

$882 (USA) (13 June 2008)
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Trivia

The piano selection playing on the radio during one of the final scenes is Chopin's Revolutionary Etude, Opus 10, No. 12. See more »

Goofs

When Nick discovers Hammer's Corvette, a crew member's reflection is visible in the driver-side door. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Mike Hammer: You almost wrecked my car! Well? Get in!
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits scroll backwards (down instead of up). See more »

Connections

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Soundtracks

String Quartet No. 1: 1st Movement
(uncredited)
Music by Johannes Brahms
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What an utterly bizarre film...
6 July 2000 | by (Storrs, CT) – See all my reviews

Man, I saw this movie for the first time a few years ago and I still don't know what to think about it. Ralph Meeker as a fascistic Mike Hammer, a crazy hitch-hiker, an opera fan and a box that can destroy the world. I dunno.

From what I understand Alderitch (the director) hated Mikey Spillane's story (which was about a briefcase full of drugs or money or something else), thought Mike Hammer was an image of brutality and fascism and made a film that reflected it. He makes Hammer out to be some kind of sadist and makes the suitcase out be some kind of nuclear device. The movie turns from a simple detective story to some wierd-ass, sci-fi cold war parable.

It's sort of like the X-Files meets film-noir PI, or something to that effect.

All that being said, this is a GREAT film and is well worth watching by anyone who like apocalyptic film-noir (in fact, this may be the only film in that sub-genre). Anyone who is a fan of bizarre camera work, weird symbolism and a stranger storyline, should really check this out.

Observe the many bizarre inconsistencies (clocks that jump ahead and back, screams that don't jibe right with the soundtrack, camera angles that jump mysteriously) and keep in mind that these were INTENDED! When you get a feel for this film and start noticing what the director was attempting to do with this bizarre film I think that you will enjoy it even more. Truly a unique piece of film making.


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