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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:
In The Still Of The Night 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:
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)

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Trivia:
During the scene where Perry Smith (Robert Blake) is summing up his life, the rain on the window is reflected on Blake's face so that it looks like he's shedding tears, and the effect was lauded by many reviewers. That effect wasn't planned - the set was hot that day and a fan was being used near the simulated rain; it accidentally blew the water against the window, resulting in the shadows of the falling "rain" passing over Blake's face.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Perry Smith is sent through the gallows trap at the end of the film, it is apparent that the rope is connected to the stand-in mannequin's middle back, rather than around its neck.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Little girl on bus:'Scuse me.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in 1408 (2007)See more »
Soundtrack:
Row, Row, Row Your BoatSee more »

FAQ

What is 'In Cold Blood' about?
What became of the real Smith and Hickock?
Why did Smith and Hickock murder the Clutters?
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61 out of 65 people found the following review useful.
In The Still Of The Night, 17 April 2006
Author: Lechuguilla from Dallas, Texas

Imagine turning out the lights in your remote farmhouse on a cold night, and then going to bed. There's no need to lock the doors. The only sound is the wind whistling through the trees. Sometime after midnight a car with lights off inches up the driveway. Moments later an intruder beams a flashlight into your darkened living room.

What makes this image so scary is the setting: a remote farmhouse ... at night. Based on Truman Capote's best-selling book, and with B&W lighting comparable to the best 1940's noir films, "In Cold Blood" presents a terrifying story, especially in that first Act, as the plot takes place largely at night and on rain drenched country roads. It's the stuff of nightmares. But this is no dream. The events really happened, in 1959.

Two con men with heads full of delusions kill an entire Kansas family, looking for a stash of cash that doesn't exist. Director Richard Brooks used the actual locations where the real-life events occurred, even the farmhouse ... and its interior! It makes for a memorable, and haunting, film.

Both of the lead actors closely resemble the two real-life killers. Robert Blake is more than convincing as Perry Smith, short and stocky with a bum leg, who dreams of finding Cortez' buried treasure. Scott Wilson is almost as good as Dick Hickock, the smooth-talking con artist with an all-American smile.

After their killing spree, the duo head to Mexico. Things go awry there, so they come back to the U.S., stealing cars, hitchhiking, and generally being miserable as they roam from place to place. But it's a fool's life, and the two outlaws soon regret their actions. The film's final twenty minutes are mesmerizing, as the rain falls, the rope tightens, and all we hear is the pounding of a beating heart.

Even with its somewhat mundane middle Act, "In Cold Blood" stages in riveting detail a real-life story that still hypnotizes, nearly half a century later. It's that setting that does it. Do you suppose people in rural Kansas still leave their doors unlocked ... at night?

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