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Director:
Writers:
Truman Capote (based on the book by)
Richard Brooks (written for the screen by)
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Release Date:
7 March 1968 (Argentina) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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Fantastic, Disturbing film See more (119 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Robert Blake ... Perry

Scott Wilson ... Dick

John Forsythe ... Alvin Dewey

Paul Stewart ... Jensen
Gerald S. O'Loughlin ... Harold Nye

Jeff Corey ... Mr. Hickock
John Gallaudet ... Roy Church
James Flavin ... Clarence Duntz

Charles McGraw ... Tex Smith

Will Geer ... Prosecutor
John McLiam ... Herbert Clutter
Ruth Storey ... Bonnie Clutter
Brenda Currin ... Nancy Clutter (as Brenda C. Currin)
Paul Hough ... Kenyon Clutter

Vaughn Taylor ... Good Samaritan
Duke Hobbie ... Young Reporter
Sheldon Allman ... Rev. Jim Post
Sammy Thurman ... Flo Smith
Raymond Hatton ... Elderly Hitchhiker
Sadie Truitt ... Herself
Myrtle Clare ... Herself
Ted Eccles ... Young Hitchhiker (as Teddy Eccles)
Al Christy ... Sheriff
Don Sollars ... Luke Sharpe
Harriet Levitt ... Mrs. Hartman
Rhonda Fultz ... Nancy's Friend (as Ronda Fultz)

Mary Linda Rapelye ... Susan Kidwell (as Mary-Linda Rapelye)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Paul Carr ... Flo's Lover (uncredited)
John Collins ... Judge Roland Tate (uncredited)
Pamela Crosley ... Secretary (uncredited)

Nick Dimitri ... Las Vegas Cop (uncredited)

John C. Flinn III ... Policeman (uncredited)
Paul Frees ... Radio Announcer / Officer Asking for Rap Sheet (voice) (uncredited)

Roosevelt Grier ... Driver (uncredited)
Bobby Johnson ... Prison Guard (uncredited)
Richard Kelton ... Nancy's Boyfriend (uncredited)
James Lantz ... Officer Rohleder (uncredited)
Stan Levitt ... Insurance Man (uncredited)
Gerry Okuneff ... Policeman (uncredited)
Bowman Upchurch ... Andy (uncredited)
Guy Way ... Prison Guard (uncredited)
Darlene Williams ... Little Girl on Bus (uncredited)
Odd Williams ... Defense Attorney (uncredited)

Directed by
Richard Brooks 
 
Writing credits
Truman Capote (based on the book by)

Richard Brooks (written for the screen by)

Produced by
Richard Brooks .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Quincy Jones (music)
 
Cinematography by
Conrad L. Hall (director of photography) (as Conrad Hall)
 
Film Editing by
Peter Zinner (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
Robert F. Boyle  (as Robert Boyle)
 
Set Decoration by
Jack H. Ahern  (as Jack Ahern)
 
Makeup Department
Gary Morris .... makeup
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tom Shaw .... assistant director
John Anderson Jr. .... assistant director (uncredited)
Carl Beringer .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Robert Eaton .... property master (as Bob Eaton)
Joe LaBella .... property master
 
Sound Department
John H. Newman .... sound effects
Arthur Piantadosi .... sound (as A. Piantadosi)
William Randall .... sound (as Wm. Randall Jr.)
Dick Tyler Sr. .... sound (as Dick Tyler)
Jack Haynes .... sound (uncredited)
Joe Henrie .... sound effects (uncredited)
Charles J. Rice .... sound effects (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Chuck Gaspar .... special effects
 
Stunts
Jerry Brutsche .... stunt double (uncredited)
Lee Faulkner .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Harry Sundby .... chief electrician
Bernie Abramson .... still photographer (uncredited)
Eugene Barragy .... grip (uncredited)
Arthur Brooker .... key grip (uncredited)
Jordan Cronenweth .... camera operator (uncredited)
Michael A. Jones .... best boy (uncredited)
Emil Sauer .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Phil Stern .... still photographer (uncredited)
Robert C. Thomas .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jack Martell .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Earle Herdan .... assistant editor (as Earl Herdan)
 
Music Department
Jack Hayes .... orchestrations
Leo Shuken .... orchestrations
 
Other crew
John Franco .... script supervisor
Al Horwits .... public relations
Alvin Dewey .... technical advisor (uncredited)
James Post .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Dominic Santarone .... caterer (uncredited)
Ruth Santarone .... caterer (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Joseph Satten .... acknowledgement: for technical assistance (as Dr. Joseph Satten)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Truman Capote's In Cold Blood" - USA (complete title)
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Runtime:
134 min | Poland:129 min
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Language:
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
3 Channel Stereo (Westrex Recording System) (5.0) (L-R)
Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Chile:14 | Finland:K-16 | France:-16 | Iceland:16 | Netherlands:18 (orginal rating) | Norway:16 | Peru:14 | Portugal:(Banned) | Singapore:PG | South Korea:15 (2006) | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | UK:X (original rating) | USA:R (re-rating) (1970) | West Germany:18 (original rating) | West Germany:16 (re-rating)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
To get the authenticity he wanted, Richard Brooks filmed in all the actual locations including the Clutter house (where the murders took place) and the actual courtroom (6 of the actual jurors were used). Even Nancy Clutter's horse Babe was used in a few scenes. The actual gallows at the Kansas State Penitentiary were used for filming the executions, however, in a 2002 interview, Charles McAtee (who was State Corrections Director for Kansas in the 1960's), clarified the hangman in the film was an actor, not the real deal.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: At the beginning of the movie, after Dick has picked Perry up from the Kansas City bus depot and both are crossing the river into Kansas, the process is running in reverse, giving the impression the car is suddenly moving in reverse despite the two immediate shots bookending this one clearly shows the car moving forward.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Little girl on bus:'Scuse me.
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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Row, Row, Row Your BoatSee more »

FAQ

If all four of the Clutters were killed, what did the police mean when they said Dick and Perry had left a "living witness."
If the murderers left no witnesses, how did the police eventually find them?
How closely does the movie follow the book?
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49 out of 62 people found the following review useful.
Fantastic, Disturbing film, 4 September 2005
Author: jmorrison-2 from Farmington Hills, MI

Remarkable, disturbing film about the true-life, senseless, brutal murder of a small-town family, along with the aftermath, and examination of the lives of the killers, Dick Hickok and Perry Smith.

No matter how much time goes by, or how dated this film may look, it still resonates the utter incomprehensibility of criminal acts such as this.

This really traces multiple tragedies: The tragedy, brutality and senselessness of the murder of the Clutter family, a decent farm family in small-town Holcomb, Kansas; and the wasted, brutal and sad lives of Hickok and Smith.

An interesting point is made in the film: that neither of these two immature, scared, petty criminals would have ever contemplated going through with something like this alone. But, together, they created a dangerous, murderous collective personality; one that fed the needs and pathology of each of them. They push each other along a road of "proving" something to each other. That they were man enough to do it, to carry it out; neither wants to be seen as too cowardly to complete their big "score"; an unfortunate and dangerous residue of the desolate lives they led. These were two grown-up children, who live in a criminal's world of not backing down from dares; who constantly need to prove manhood and toughness. in this instance, these needs carried right through to the murder of the Clutters.

The film contains a somewhat sentimentalized look at the Clutter family, but the point is made. These were respected, law-abiding, small-town people, who didn't deserve this terrifying fate. The movie also gives us a sense of the young lives of Hickok and Smith. Perry Smith, whose early life was filled with security and love, but watched in horror as alcohol took his family down a tragic path. Hickok, poor and left pretty much to his own devices, not able to see how he fit in, using his intelligence and charm to con everyone he came into contact with.

An interesting, and maybe the first, look at capital punishment, and what ends we hope to achieve. Is this nothing more than revenge killing for a murder that rocked a nation at a time when we had not yet had to fully face that there might be such predators among us, or does putting these guys at the end of a rope truly provide a deterent to the childish and brutal posturing of men like these? Is it possible to deter men who live lives of deceit, operating under the radar, believing they fool everyone they come into contact with? To be deterred, you must believe it's possible you will be caught. Is it possible to deter these men who believe they are too clever to be caught?; who have committed hundreds of petty crimes, and got away with them? This was supposed to be a "cinch", "no witnesses".

When caught, Hickok finds he can't charm and con the agents the way he had department store clerks. Smith, who believes he deserves such a fate anyway, who seemed to be the only one who truly grasped the gravity of what they had done, willingly tells the story when he learns that Hickok has cowardly caved in. Hickok blinked first. A silly game of chicken between two immature, emotionally damaged, dangerous men.

Fascinating psychological thriller, telling a story of a horrendous crime in this nation's history. Stunning portrayals by Robert Blake and Scott Wilson. These roles made their careers.

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