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Writers:
Leon Griffiths (screenplay)
James Hadley Chase (based on novel by "No Orchids for Miss Blandish")
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Release Date:
2 September 1971 (Italy) See more »
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The psychotic killer, the young heiress...the kidnapping that becomes a love story.
Plot:
Set in the 1920s Depression, a gang of half-witted small-time hoods led by Slim Grissom kidnap heiress... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Robert Aldrich 
 
Writing credits
Leon Griffiths (screenplay)

James Hadley Chase (based on novel by "No Orchids for Miss Blandish")

Produced by
Robert Aldrich .... producer
William Aldrich .... associate producer
Walter Blake .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Gerald Fried 
 
Cinematography by
Joseph F. Biroc  (as Joesph Biroc)
 
Film Editing by
Michael Luciano 
Frank J. Urioste 
 
Casting by
Lynn Stalmaster 
 
Art Direction by
James Dowell Vance 
 
Set Decoration by
John Brown 
 
Costume Design by
Norma Koch 
 
Makeup Department
Jean Austin .... hair stylist
William Turner .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Fred Ahern .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Malcolm R. Harding .... assistant director
William A. Morrison .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
John La Salandra .... construction coordinator
Maurice Larson .... painter
Don Pringle .... greensman
Ygnacio Sepulveda .... prop master
 
Sound Department
Richard S. Church .... sound
Van Allen James .... sound effects editor
Milo B. Lory .... sound effects
George Malley .... sound recordist
Harry W. Tetrick .... recording supervisor
Mickey Cureton .... cable person (uncredited)
Morris Feingold .... boom operator (uncredited)
Donald F. Johnson .... cable (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Henry Millar Jr. .... special effects
 
Stunts
Dick Durock .... stunts (uncredited)
Jesse Wayne .... stunt double: Alvin Hammer (uncredited)
Jesse Wayne .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Joe Jackman .... camera operator
Kenny Bell .... still photographer (uncredited)
Paul Gilbert .... electrical engineer (uncredited)
Gilbert Haimson .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Orville Hallberg .... camera operator (uncredited)
William Hanna II .... gaffer (uncredited)
Robert Merry .... best boy (uncredited)
Rik Nervik .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Paul Schwake Jr. .... head grip (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lucia De Martino .... wardrobe: women
Charles E. James .... wardrobe supervisor: men
 
Music Department
Scott Perry Jr. .... music editor
 
Transportation Department
Pat Miller .... transportation (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Robert Gary .... script supervisor
Patricia Heade .... production assistant
Alex Romero .... choreographer
Robert Sherman .... dialogue supervisor
Dave Davies .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Don Record .... title designer (uncredited)
 

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128 min
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Color (Metrocolor)
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The nick-names of Gladys Grissom (Irene Dailey) were "Ma" and "Ma Grissom".See more »
Quotes:
Eddie Hagan:How come you never get your ass out of bed?
Anna Borg:Well, it's the place you seem to like it the most.
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16 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
The best movie of the rural-America-gangster genre, 2 May 2000
Author: pzanardo (pzanardo@math.unipd.it) from Padova, Italy

If a movie deserves the definition of hard-boiled, this is "Grissom Gang". The characters seem to know just a way to face any problem, either major or minor: kill, kill, kill. The setting in the rural, poor Midwest in the years of Depression is both evocative and grinding: it gives the audience a feeling of bleakness and unavoidable violence. The story is carefully constructed, exciting, full of suspense. The characters are very well shaped, much care is given to details. The direction by Aldrich is superb: the action scenes are beautifully filmed, the timing is admirable. In the development of the plot we don't find those failures of strain, digressions and intervals of bore which were so common in the movies of those years, under pretension of style. All the actors' performances are outstanding. Scott Wilson draws, with masterly acting, the extraordinary character of Slim Grissom. At first, he seems just a half-witted hooligan, but we quickly realize that he is the toughest of them all, looking at other characters' behavior: they are all scared of him, even his gang mates. Actually, the smart gangster Tony Musante seems to take fun in teasing the stupid Slim: but it is clear that this is by no means a good idea. Wilson's acting gives likelihood to Grissom's possessive, infantile, somewhat touching love for Miss Blandish (Kim Darby). He states that, to save her, he is ready to kill his own mother: we have already learned to never underestimate his words. Kim Darby deserves a special mention, in the role of the spoiled girl who learns to survive at all costs, sexual abuse included. She is great here, she was extraordinary in "True Grit": I wonder why she didn't become a major Hollywood star. Despite some minor faults, "Grissom Gang" is excellent, by far better, in my opinion, of other celebrated movies of the same rural-America-gangster genre, such as Penn's "Bonnie and Clyde", Altman's "Thieves like us", Corman's "Bloody Mama".

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