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In Cold Blood (1967)

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.

Director:

Richard Brooks

Writers:

Truman Capote (based on the book by), Richard Brooks (written for the screen by)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Ruth Storey ... Bonnie Clutter
Brenda Currin ... Nancy Clutter (as Brenda C. Currin)
Paul Hough Paul Hough ... Kenyon Clutter
Vaughn Taylor ... Good Samaritan
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Storyline

In meeting in Kansas, ex-cons Perry Smith and Dick Hickock are breaking several conditions of their respective paroles. The meeting, initiated by Dick, is to plan and eventually carry out a robbery based on information he had received from a fellow inmate about $10,000 cash being locked in a hidden safe in the home of the farming Clutter family of Holcomb, Kansas. After the robbery, they plan on going to Mexico permanently to elude capture by the police. Each brings a necessary personality to the partnership to carry out the plan, Dick who is the brash manipulator, Perry the outwardly more sensitive but unrealistic dreamer with a violent streak under the surface. Perry literally carries all his dreams in a large box he takes with him wherever he goes. The robbery does not go according to plan in any respect, the pair who ultimately hogtie and execute all four members of the Clutter family, only coming away from the home with $43 in cash. As Perry and Dick go on the run, a murder ... Written by Huggo

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Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 March 1968 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

Truman Capote's In Cold Blood See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

3 Channel Stereo (Westrex Recording System) (5.0) (L-R)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

During the bottle collecting scene the background music incorporates musical rhythms being played on bottles. See more »

Goofs

When Dick and Perry leave the Las Vegas jail where they were being held prior to their extradition to Kansas, we see their handcuffs being secured to belts and locked. This would have been accomplished inside the jail and not left until they were outside. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Little girl on bus: 'Scuse me.
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Soundtracks

Row, Row, Row Your Boat
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Traditional
Performed a cappella by Robert Blake and Ted Eccles
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The Perfect Film...?
9 September 2003 | by Honus1See all my reviews

I've seen a great many films, but 'In Cold Blood' stands alone in a class by itself. It excels in every department. The fact that it contained few big stars helps push it over the top as you pay closer attention to the characters and their story, rather than the name on the marquee. Blake and Wilson turn in stellar performances of the killer duo. The fact that much of the films is filmed in the actual locations where the crime took place, even inside the very house, add additional chills. The black/white photography darkens the mood and the photography is magnificent. There are many outstanding cinematic works out there, but if I could only vote for one to top the list, it would most probably be "In Cold Blood".


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