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In Cold Blood (1967)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, History  |  7 March 1968 (Argentina)
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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 overview, first billed only:
Gerald S. O'Loughlin ...
John Gallaudet ...
James Flavin ...
John McLiam ...
Ruth Storey ...
Brenda Currin ...
Nancy Clutter (as Brenda C. Currin)
Paul Hough ...
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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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Crime | Drama | History


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Release Date:

7 March 1968 (Argentina)  »

Also Known As:

Truman Capote's In Cold Blood  »

Box Office


$3,500,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System) (5.0) (L-R)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The producers of the film originally wanted Judge Roland Tate, the actual judge from the trial, to play himself in the film. Judge Tate died shortly before photography and a call was issued for a suitable replacement. Local auctioneer and realtor John Collins was cast, and appears in the film. See more »


Perry tells phones Reverend Post that he is at the bus station in Kansas City, Missouri. Post replies "You've already broken parole by quitting your job. You'll break it again if you step into Kansas. Whatever you do, don't cross that river into Kansas." However, the state line at Kansas City is a land boundary that is near the Kansas River, but is neither that nor the Missouri River. See more »


[first lines]
Little girl on bus: 'Scuse me.
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Referenced in The Golden Girls: To Catch a Neighbor (1987) See more »


Row, Row, Row Your Boat
Performed a cappella by Robert Blake and Ted Eccles
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Perfect Companion to CAPOTE
2 April 2006 | by (Salt Lake City) – See all my reviews

Richard Brooks excellent 1967 film of Truman Capote's novel IN COLD BLOOD is a perfect companion piece to Philip Seymour Hoffman's Oscar winning performance in the 2005 CAPOTE. They really play well together (try them on separate nights). It is unusual to find films made 38 years apart that mesh so well. These two truly enhance each other. Even though different actors play the roles of killers Perry Smith and Dick Hickock, the two pieces blend well. Only the part of the writer (played by Paul Stewart) in the Brooks films is weaker, as they give him a different name then Capote. I'd suggest watching CAPOTE first, followed by IN COLD BLOOD. It makes for a powerful experience!

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