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In Cold Blood -- The powerful true story of a callous murder from the minds of the criminals who performed it. Basedon Truman Capote's best-selling novel.


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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 »
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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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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In Cold Blood
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Perfect Companion to CAPOTE See more (126 total) »


  (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 
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
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)
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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134 min | Poland:129 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
3 Channel Stereo (Westrex Recording System) (5.0) (L-R)
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?

[June 2008] Ranked #8 on the American Film Institute's list of the 10 greatest films in the genre "Courtroom Drama".See more »
Factual errors: When Mr. Clutter is shaving, the calendar on the wall shows the month of March. The Clutters were murdered in November.See more »
[first lines]
Little girl on bus:'Scuse me.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Life Itself (2014)See more »
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If the murderers left no witnesses, how did the police eventually find them?
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19 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
Perfect Companion to CAPOTE, 2 April 2006
Author: blue-7 from Salt Lake City

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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