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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 »
User Reviews:
Haunting True Crime Tale See more (116 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)
Emile Sauer .... assistant camera (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)
 
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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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Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (release prints) | 3 Channel Stereo (original mix)
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:
Five students from the University of Kansas' theater department got roles: Paul Hough, Kip Niven, Brenda Currin, Richard Kelton and Mary Linda Rapelye.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: In the court, the quote from the Bible is actually Genesis 9:6, not Genesis 9:12.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Little girl on bus:'Scuse me.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Boys on the Side (1995)See more »
Soundtrack:
Row, Row, Row Your BoatSee more »

FAQ

What became of the real Smith and Hickock?
How much money did Smith and Hickock get from Clutter?
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24 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
Haunting True Crime Tale, 4 June 2006
Author: David H. Schleicher from New Jersey, USA

In the year 2006, "In Cold Blood"-a riveting thriller from 1967-has two new interesting contexts that it did not previous have. First, and most chillingly, is the fact that it's star, Robert Blake, was recently on trial for murdering his wife. Second, the recent Oscar winning biopic, "Capote" showed the muddled back story of this haunting true crime tale's author, Truman Capote. These two new twists make the film timely for a modern audience.

As a stand alone film from it's era, "In Cold Blood" is top notch in every way. Most notable is the stunning black and white cinematography from Conrad Hall (later of "American Beauty" and "Road to Perdition" fame). Many of the stills from this film of the Kansas farm house at night or the tree-lined back country roads could be sold as fine art photography. Combined with the cracker-jack direction from Brooks and superb editing in the early scenes (where we see the mundane daily life of the innocent family about to be senselessly slaughtered beautifully intertwined with the plotting of the two hapless killers), a rich brooding atmosphere is created that sets the stage for riveting suspense (even when everyone knows how this is all going to end due to the fact its all based on real life events). It's also great to see in this day and age how brilliantly staged a harrowing murder scene can be depicted where the graphic nature of the act is transmitted to the viewer subliminally with nary a drop of blood shown on screen.

The film is also anchored nicely by Robert Blake's eerie performance as the more sympathetic yet senselessly brutal side of the killing duo. The flashback scenes to his horrible childhood are extremely well done. Then there is the scene towards the end of the film where he is speaking to the reverend before being sent to the gallows and he makes his last "confession" so to speak. It's one of those classic movie moments that is a perfect marriage of gritty acting, superb writing, flawless direction, and haunting photography. I dare you to erase from your mind the stark image of the rain's reflection from the window flowing down Robert Blake's pallid face in lieu of actual tears.

The only thing hampering "In Cold Blood" is the slow moving middle act where the killers are on the lam and the forced nature of the social commentary at the end. The tacked-on political message about the death penalty is secondary to its compelling depiction of the mad killers and their prey.

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