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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 6 wins & 5 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Extremely disturbing, even now 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:
The two pairs of eyes pictured on the movie poster are those of the real killers, not the actors portraying them.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: When Perry calls his parole officer from the bus station, he's on a late-1960's beige pay phone with armored cable on the handset, which didn't exist in 1959.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Little girl on bus:'Scuse me.
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Soundtrack:
Row, Row, Row Your BoatSee more »

FAQ

How much sex, violence, and profanity are in this movie?
How much money did Smith and Hickock get from Clutter?
If all four of the Clutters were killed, what did the police mean when they said Dick and Perry had left a "living witness."
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94 out of 117 people found the following review useful.
Extremely disturbing, even now, 4 August 2002
Author: virek213 from San Gabriel, Ca., USA

Although it was released way back in 1967, IN COLD BLOOD still remains the benchmark by which all true-crime films are matched. Veteran writer/director Richard Brooks (ELMER GANTRY) adapted Truman Capote's non-fiction book into a chilling docudrama that retains a disturbing power even today, thirty-five years later.

Robert Blake and Scott Wilson portray Perry Smith and Dick Hickock, two ex-cons who, on a tip from Hicock's old cellmate Floyd Wells, broke into the Holcomb, Kansas home of Herbert Clutter, looking for a wall safe supposedly containing $10,000. But no safe was ever found, and the two men instead wound up killing Mr. Clutter, his wife, and their two children, getting away with only a radio, a pair of binoculars, and a lousy forty dollars. Two months on the run, including an aimless "vacation" in northern Mexico, ended in Las Vegas when cops caught them in a stolen car. But it eventually comes out, after merciless grilling by Kansas law enforcement officials, that these two men committed that heinous crime in Holcomb. Tried and convicted on four counts of murder, they stew in jail over a five-year period of appeals and denials until both are hanged to death on April 14, 1965.

Blake and Smith are absolutely chilling as the two dispassionate killers who show no remorse for what they've done but are concerned about getting caught. John Forsythe also does a good turn as Alvin Dewey, the chief detective investigating the crime, as does Gerald S. O'Laughlin as his assistant. In a tactic that is both faithful to Capote's book and a good artistic gambit all around, Brooks does not show the murders at the beginning; instead, he shows the two killers pulling up to the Clutter house as the last light goes out, then cuts to the next morning and the horrifying discovery of the bodies. Only during the ride back to Kansas, when Blake is questioned by Forsythe and narrates the story, do we see the true horror of what happened that night. We don't see that much blood being spilled in these scenes, but we don't need to. The shotgun blasts and the horrified look on the Clutters' faces as they know they are about to die are more than disturbing enough, so there is no need to resort to explicitly bloody slasher-film violence.

Brooks wisely filmed IN COLD BLOOD in stark black-and-white, and the results are excellent thanks to Conrad Hall's expertise. The chilling jazz score by Quincy Jones is the capper. The end result is one of the most unsettling films of any kind ever made, devastating in its own low-key fashion. It is a 134-minute study of a crime that shook an entire state and indeed an entire nation, and should be seen, though viewer discretion is advised; the 'R' rating is there for a reason.

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