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In Cold Blood (1967)

Approved | | Biography, Crime, Drama | 7 March 1968 (Argentina)
After a botched robbery results in the brutal murder of a rural family, two drifters elude police, in the end coming to terms with their own mortality and the repercussions of their vile atrocity.

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Cast

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Nancy Clutter (as Brenda C. Currin)
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Storyline

In meeting in Kansas, ex-cons Perry Smith and Dick Hickock are breaking several conditions of their respective paroles. The meeting, initiated by Dick, is to plan and eventually carry out a robbery based on information he had received from a fellow inmate about $10,000 cash being locked in a hidden safe in the home of the farming Clutter family of Holcomb, Kansas. After the robbery, they plan on going to Mexico permanently to elude capture by the police. Each brings a necessary personality to the partnership to carry out the plan, Dick who is the brash manipulator, Perry the outwardly more sensitive but unrealistic dreamer with a violent streak under the surface. Perry literally carries all his dreams in a large box he takes with him wherever he goes. The robbery does not go according to plan in any respect, the pair who ultimately hogtie and execute all four members of the Clutter family, only coming away from the home with $43 in cash. As Perry and Dick go on the run, a murder ... Written by Huggo

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7 March 1968 (Argentina)  »

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Truman Capote's In Cold Blood  »

Box Office

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$3,500,000 (estimated)
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(Westrex Recording System) (5.0) (L-R)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

When Perry Smith is summing up his life, the rain on the window is reflected on Robert Blake's face so that it looks like he's shedding tears, and the effect was lauded by many reviewers. That effect wasn't planned - the set was hot that day and a fan was being used near the simulated rain; it accidentally blew the water against the window, resulting in the shadows of the falling "rain" passing over Blake's face. See more »

Goofs

In Perry's flashback of his motorcycle accident, the cycle falls on his right leg. When he's being measured for his "wedding trousseau" in the clothing store, the scar is on his left leg. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Little girl on bus: 'Scuse me.
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Connections

Featured in Ghosts of Mississippi (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Row, Row, Row Your Boat
(uncredited)
Traditional
Performed a cappella by Robert Blake and Ted Eccles
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The Perfect Film...?
9 September 2003 | by (Palm Springs, CA) – See all my reviews

I've seen a great many films, but 'In Cold Blood' stands alone in a class by itself. It excels in every department. The fact that it contained few big stars helps push it over the top as you pay closer attention to the characters and their story, rather than the name on the marquee. Blake and Wilson turn in stellar performances of the killer duo. The fact that much of the films is filmed in the actual locations where the crime took place, even inside the very house, add additional chills. The black/white photography darkens the mood and the photography is magnificent. There are many outstanding cinematic works out there, but if I could only vote for one to top the list, it would most probably be "In Cold Blood".


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