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Kiss Me Deadly ()


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A doomed female hitchhiker pulls Mike Hammer into a deadly whirlpool of intrigue, revolving around a mysterious "great whatsit".

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Mike Hammer
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Dr. G.E. Soberin
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Carl Evello
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Eddie Yeager
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Lt. Pat Murphy
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Friday (as Marion Carr)
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Manager
Mort Marshall ...
Ray Diker
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Carmen Trivago
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Harvey Wallace
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Nightclub Singer (as Madi Comfort)
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Horace
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FBI Agent
Silvio Minciotti ...
Mover
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Nick Va Va Voom
Ben Morris ...
Radio Announcer
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Charlie Max
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Attacker
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Horace's Wife
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FBI Agent
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Doc Kennedy
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Cheesecake
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Sugar Smallhouse
Jerry Zinneman ...
Sammy
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Velda Wickman
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Christina Bailey
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Lily Carver aka Gabrielle
Sam Balter ...
Radio Announcer (voice)
Joe Hernandez ...
Radio Announcer (voice)
Kitty White ...
Vocalist in Club
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Himself - Singer (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eddie Beal ...
Sideman (uncredited)
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Man in Parked Car (uncredited)
Yvonne Doughty ...
Receptionist (uncredited)
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Popcorn Vendor (uncredited)
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Doctor (uncredited)
Art Loggins ...
Bartender (uncredited)
Mara McAfee ...
Nurse (uncredited)
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Athletic Club Clerk (uncredited)
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Police Detective (uncredited)
Robert Sherman ...
Gas Station Man (uncredited)
Trude Wyler ...
Nurse (uncredited)

Directed by

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Robert Aldrich

Written by

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Mickey Spillane ... (novel "Kiss Me, Deadly")
 
A.I. Bezzerides ... (screenplay)

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Robert Aldrich ... producer
Victor Saville ... executive producer (uncredited)

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Frank De Vol ... (as Frank Devol)

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Ernest Laszlo ... (photographed by)

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Michael Luciano

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William Glasgow

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Howard Bristol

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Robert J. Schiffer ... makeup artist (as Bob Schiffer)

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Jack R. Berne ... production supervisor
Pat O'Neil ... assistant production manager (uncredited)

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Robert H. Justman ... assistant director (as Robert Justman)
Mark Sandrich Jr. ... assistant director (uncredited)
Nate D. Slott ... second assistant director (uncredited)

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Jack Solomon ... sound

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Jack Murton ... casting supervisor

Music Department

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Frank De Vol ... conductor (as Frank Devol)
Albert Harris ... orchestrator

Other crew

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Victor Saville ... presenter
Robert Sherman ... assistant to producer
Helen Gailey ... script supervisor (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

A frightened woman is running barefoot on a highway, trying desperately to flag a car. After several cars pass her by, the woman sees another car approaching, and to make sure either the car stops, or, she's killed, she stands in the path of the oncoming car. Private Investigator Mike Hammer is the one at the wheel, and after almost hitting the woman, he tells her to get in. The woman's name is Christina Bailey. She is obviously on the run, being barefoot and wearing nothing but a trench coat, and the scent of fear. Whoever was after her eventually catches up with them. Christina has information they want, but dies while being questioned. The killers fake an accident by pushing Hammer's car off the road, but he survives, waking up in hospital two weeks later. As Mike starts to investigate Christina's death, he's told by the police to stay out of it, but, the hard-nosed private investigator proceeds anyways. Little did he know that Christina's secret would lead to death and destruction. Written by garykmcd

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Taglines "I don't care what you do to me, Mike - just do it fast!" See more »
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Also Known As
  • Mickey Spillane's Kiss Me Deadly (United States)
  • En quatrième vitesse (France)
  • Rattennest (Germany)
  • El beso mortal (Spain)
  • Kys mig til døde (Denmark)
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  • 106 min
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Budget $410,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $214, 04 May 2008

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Trivia The Kefauver Commission, a federal unit dedicated to investigating corrupting influences in the 1950s, singled this out as 1955's number one menace to American youth. Because of this, Robert Aldrich felt compelled to conduct a writing campaign for the free speech rights of independent filmmakers. See more »
Goofs (at around 1h 10 mins) The singer is shown standing with both hands on the microphone stand. When Hammer is sitting at the bar, during the same song, the singer is shown in a reflection playing a piano and not singing, though she is still heard singing. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Film Noir (1995). See more »
Soundtracks Rather Have the Blues See more »
Crazy Credits Opening credits scroll backwards (down instead of up). See more »
Quotes Lt. Pat Murphy: Now listen, Mike. Listen carefully. I'm going to pronounce a few words. They're harmless words. Just a bunch of letters scrambled together. But their meaning is very important. Try to understand what they mean. "Manhattan Project, Los Alamos, Trinity."
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