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The Killing (1956)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 6 June 1956 (USA)
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Crooks plan and execute a daring race-track robbery.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Johnny Clay
... Fay
... Val Cannon
... Marvin Unger
... Patrolman Randy Kennan (as Ted DeCorsia)
... Sherry Peatty
... George Peatty (as Elisha Cook)
... Mike O'Reilly
... Track Parking Attendant
... Nikki Arcane
Kola Kwariani ... Maurice Oboukhoff
... Leo the Loanshark
... Joe Piano
... Ruthie O'Reilly
Herbert Ellis ... Second American Airlines Clerk
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After just being released from a five year stint in prison, Johnny Clay has assembled a five man team, including two insiders, to carry out what he estimates will be a $2 million heist at Lansdowne Racetrack, that take, minus expenses, to be split five ways. Besides Johnny, none of the men truly are criminals in the typical sense. In addition to the other four team members, Johnny has hired two men external to the team to carry out specific functions for a flat fee, the other four who will not meet the two men for hire or know who they are, while the two men for hire will not be told of the bigger picture of the heist. None involved are to tell anyone, even their loved ones, about the job, each of the five who has a specific reason for wanting his share of the money: Johnny, in wanting to get married to his longtime girlfriend Fay, the two who have known each other since they were kids, realizes that to live comfortably, he has to shoot for the moon instead of carrying out the penny ... Written by Huggo

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$320,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

During the first scene showing the horses in their stalls at the track, the two closest horses, on the left of the screen. move in perfect unison. See more »

Goofs

The bird in the cage (after George has shot Shelley and is about to fall down) is obviously stuffed. In the next shot on the ground, it's a living bird. See more »

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Narrator: At exactly 3:45 on that Saturday afternoon in the last week of September, Marvin Unger was, perhaps, the only one among the hundred thousand people at the track who felt no thrill at the running of the fifth race. He was totally disinterested in horse racing and held a lifelong contempt for gambling. Nevertheless, he had a $5 win bet on every horse in the fifth race. He knew, of course, that this rather unique system of betting would more than likely result in a loss, but he didn't...
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Crackling heist story that will have you glued to your seat
9 August 1998 | by See all my reviews

There's little to fault in Stanley Kubrick's classic robbery tale. The acting is first-rate with Marie Windsor, as Mrs. Peaty, a sarcastic stand-out. The story just pops off the screen - and at less than 90 minutes, there's literally no filler. I love the winding time line ("earlier that day" etc.), which has been liberally utilized by Quentin Tarantino (Jackie Brown, Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs). This film was made right before Kubrick's WWI marvel, Paths of Glory, and his genius is apparent in both. No wasted words or actions. Love that last line!


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