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Director:
Writers:
Stanley Kubrick (screenplay)
Jim Thompson (dialogue)
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Release Date:
6 June 1956 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
These 5 Men Had a $2,000,000 Secret Until One of them told this Woman! See more »
Plot:
Crooks plan and execute a daring race-track robbery. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. See more »
User Reviews:
Kubrick's first classic, and still one of the greatest crime thrillers ever made. See more (341 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Sterling Hayden ... Johnny Clay

Coleen Gray ... Fay

Vince Edwards ... Val Cannon

Jay C. Flippen ... Marvin Unger

Ted de Corsia ... Policeman Randy Kennan (as Ted DeCorsia)

Marie Windsor ... Sherry Peatty

Elisha Cook Jr. ... George Peatty (as Elisha Cook)
Joe Sawyer ... Mike O'Reilly
James Edwards ... Track Parking Attendant

Timothy Carey ... Nikki Arcane
Kola Kwariani ... Maurice Oboukhoff
Jay Adler ... Leo the Loanshark
Tito Vuolo ... Joe Piano

Dorothy Adams ... Mrs. Ruthie O'Reilly
Herbert Ellis ... 2nd American Airlines Clerk

James Griffith ... Mr. Grimes, Airline Supervisor
Cecil Elliott ... Lady with Small Dog

Joe Turkel ... Tiny (as Joseph Turkel)
Steve Mitchell ... Brown, American Airlines Clerk
Mary Carroll ... Woman Asking Kennan for Help
William 'Billy' Benedict ... American Airlines Clerk (as William Benedict)
Charles Cane ... Plainclothesman at Airport (as Charles R. Cane)
Robert Williams ... Plainclothesman at Airport (as Robert B. Williams)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Rodney Dangerfield ... Onlooker (uncredited)
Franklyn Farnum ... Racetrack Extra (uncredited)
John George ... Racetrack Extra (uncredited)
Art Gilmore ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Sol Gorss ... Track Guard Slugged by Johnny (uncredited)
Harry Hines ... Chess Player (uncredited)
Kenner G. Kemp ... Racetrack Extra (uncredited)
Hal J. Moore ... Race Track P.A. Announcer (uncredited)
Harvey Parry ... Bartender (uncredited)
Richard Reeves ... Bill, Track Employee in Locker Room (uncredited)
Frank Richards ... Track Employee in Locker Room (uncredited)

Directed by
Stanley Kubrick 
 
Writing credits
Stanley Kubrick (screenplay)

Jim Thompson (dialogue)

Lionel White (novel "Clean Break")

Produced by
James B. Harris .... producer
Alexander Singer .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Gerald Fried 
 
Cinematography by
Lucien Ballard (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Betty Steinberg 
 
Art Direction by
Ruth Sobotka 
 
Set Decoration by
Harry Reif 
 
Makeup Department
Robert Littlefield .... makeup artist
Lillian Shore .... hairdresser
 
Production Management
Clarence Eurist .... production supervisor (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Milton Carter .... assistant director
Paul Feiner .... second assistant director
Howard Joslin .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Karl Brainard .... assistant set decorator (as Carl Brainard)
Christopher Ebsen .... chief carpenter
Bud Pine .... construction supervisor
Robert L. Stephen .... chief painter
Ray Zambel .... property master
 
Sound Department
Rex Lipton .... sound effects editor
Earl Snyder .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Dave Koehler .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Louis DeWitt .... photographic effects
Jack Rabin .... photographic effects
 
Stunts
Fred Gabourie .... stunts (unconfirmed)
Sol Gorss .... stunts (unconfirmed)
Gil Perkins .... stunts (unconfirmed)
Wally Rose .... stunts (unconfirmed)
Eddie Saenz .... stunts (unconfirmed)
Don Turner .... stunts (unconfirmed)
Bob Morgan .... stunts (uncredited)
Harvey Parry .... stunts (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Lou Cortese .... best boy
Paul Eagler .... process camera operator
Carl Gibson .... head grip
Robert Hosler .... second assistant camera
Bobby Jones .... gaffer
Richard Towers .... camera operator (as Dick Tower)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Beaumelle .... costumes: Miss Windsor
Rudy Harrington .... wardrobe: women
Jack Masters .... wardrobe
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Gerald Fried .... conductor
Gilbert D. Marchant .... music editor (as Gilbert Marchant)
 
Transportation Department
Dave Lesser .... transportation
 
Other crew
Mary Gibsone .... script supervisor
Joyce Hartman .... assistant to director
Marguerite Olson .... production assistant
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
85 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Brazil:12 | Canada:PG (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Canada:14A (video rating) | Finland:K-15 (2003) (uncut) | Finland:K-16 (1960) (cut) | Finland:(Banned) (1956) (uncut) | Iceland:L | Ireland:12 | Italy:16+ | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1956) | Norway:16 | Portugal:M/12 | South Korea:15 | Spain:T | Sweden:15 | UK:PG | USA:Not Rated | USA:Approved (PCA #17836) (original rating) | West Germany:12 | West Germany:18 (nf) (original rating)
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Trivia:
Marie Windsor landed the part of Sherry Peatty after Stanley Kubrick saw her performance in The Narrow Margin (1952).See more »
Goofs:
Boom mic visible: Every time Johnny Clay pulls up to the hotel you can see the shadow of the boom mic on the road.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
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...
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114 out of 154 people found the following review useful.
Kubrick's first classic, and still one of the greatest crime thrillers ever made., 14 January 2003
Author: Infofreak from Perth, Australia

'The Killing' has been overshadowed by Stanley Kubrick's subsequent better known and better made movie masterpieces. Films like 'Dr. Strangelove', '2001' and 'A Clockwork Orange' are much more flamboyant and intellectually exciting than this early hard boiled crime thriller, but for my money it is still one of his most entertaining movies, and in its own modest way just as brilliant as his more talked about films. 'The Killing' is still one of the greatest crime thrillers ever made, and one which influenced many film makers working in this genre, not the least of which Quentin Tarantino, who obviously worships this picture, and used its innovative structure as major inspiration for 'Pulp Fiction'. Kubrick wrote 'The Killing's script as well as directing, but made the smart move of asking "the Dime Store Dostoevski" Jim Thompson, author of pulp classics like 'The Killer Inside Me' and 'The Getaway' to supply the fresh and memorable dialogue. Sterling Hayden, who later achieved screen immmortality as General Jack D. Ripper in 'Dr Strangelove', is perfect as ambitious small time crook Johnny Clay. He is surrounded by an almost flawless supporting cast. I qualified that because I wasn't totally convinced by Coleen Gray who plays Johnny's girlfriend. However she only really has one scene, and the rest of the cast more than makes up for her. Especially memorable are the mis-matched husband and wife played by Elisha Cook, Jr ('The House On Haunted Hill') and the sultry Marie Windsor (noir classic 'Narrow Margin'). Their scenes together are simply terrific. Also noteworthy are the two scenes featuring legendary crazy Timothy Carey ('The Killing Of A Chinese Bookie'). Carey was one of the most extraordinary performers to set foot in front of a movie character, and is unforgettable. Kubrick obviously thought highly of him as he subsequently cast him in his anti-war classic 'Paths Of Glory', a move which antagonised the movie's star Kirk Douglas. Even if 'The Killing' didn't feature such a strong performance from Sterling Hayden it would be worth watching just to catch Cook, Windsor and Carey. On top of that you have some other great actors such as Vince Edwards, an innovative script, hip dialogue and some brilliant directorial touches. This exciting heist movie can't be recommended highly enough, it's a real treat for film buffs. A brilliant film that still packs a punch after almost fifty years, something I doubt you will be saying about many movies currently showing in today's theatres. 'The Killing' is a super cool suspense movie and not to be missed!

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