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The Killing (1956)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 6 June 1956 (USA)
Crooks plan and execute a daring race-track robbery.

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After getting out of prison, Johnny Clay masterminds a complex race-track heist, but his scheme is complicated by the intervention of the wife of a teller (George Peatty) in on the scheme, the boyfriend of the wife, airport regulations, and a small dog. Written by Andrew Hyatt <dres@uiuc.edu>

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These 5 Men Had a $2,000,000 Secret Until One of them told this Woman! See more »


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Bed of Fear  »

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$320,000 (estimated)
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The narration was added at the studio's insistence. Stanley Kubrick hated the idea and thus makes much of the information that the narrator provides false or mistaken. See more »

Goofs

When Marvin Unger jots down the time and place of the gang's meeting on his betting ticket in the first scene at the racetrack, he misspells the abbreviation for "apartment" as "APP". But when we next see the ticket in close-up (when Marvin slips it over the counter to George, the cashier) it reads correctly: "APT" See more »

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Narrator: At exactly 3:45 on that Saturday afternoon in the last week of September, Marvin Unger was, perhaps, the only one among the hundred thousand people at the track who felt no thrill at the running of the fifth race. He was totally disinterested in horse racing and held a lifelong contempt for gambling. Nevertheless, he had a $5 win bet on every horse in the fifth race. He knew, of course, that this rather unique system of betting would more than likely result in a loss, but he didn't...
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Several men conduct a grand robbery at a race track.
14 November 2012 | by See all my reviews

I really enjoyed the way the telling of this story was conducted. In the beginning the viewer isn't too sure of who the "main character" is because the story keeps shifting to different point of views of each person involved in the grand robbery. Throughout the story there are different cues that give you the idea that the robbery isn't going to work as planned. But to the viewer's surprise it does, at first. I suspected something to go wrong at the racetrack but everything went as planned there. I didn't feel that the commentary or narration was necessary. In certain cases it was for instance when the story jumped around and didn't go chronologically. I also liked the variety of characters involved in the robbery. The teller who's whipped by his wife and possesses little self-esteem, the "leader" of the pack who's a handsome man with a good head on his shoulders, a quiet old man who plays little part in the robbery, and the list goes on. The story was interesting, however, only once the plan started to go into play. Beforehand, the story was moving slow and I found myself disinterested. However, overall, it was a success.


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