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Crooks plan and execute a daring race-track robbery.


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Johnny Clay
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
Mr. Grimes
Cecil Elliott ...
Lady with Small Dog
Tiny (as Joseph Turkel)
Steve Mitchell ...
Mary Carroll ...
Woman Asking Kennan for Help
American Airlines Clerk (as William Benedict)
Charles Cane ...
Plainclothesman at Airport (as Charles R. Cane)
Plainclothesman at Airport
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tom Coleman ...
Racetrack Spectator (uncredited)
Onlooker (uncredited)
Racetrack Spectator (uncredited)
Racetrack Spectator (uncredited)
Narrator (uncredited) (voice)
Sol Gorss ...
Track Guard Slugged by Johnny (uncredited)
Harry Hines ...
Chess Player (uncredited)
Racetrack Spectator (uncredited)
Racetrack Spectator (uncredited)
Hal J. Moore ...
Race Track P.A. Announcer (uncredited)
Bartender (uncredited)
Bill (uncredited)
Track Employee in Locker Room (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey ...
Racetrack Cashier (uncredited)

Directed by

Stanley Kubrick

Written by

Stanley Kubrick ... (screenplay)
Jim Thompson ... (dialogue)
Lionel White ... (novel "Clean Break")

Produced by

James B. Harris ... producer
Alexander Singer ... associate producer

Music by

Gerald Fried

Cinematography by

Lucien Ballard ... director of photography

Film Editing by

Betty Steinberg

Art Direction by

Ruth Sobotka

Set Decoration by

Harry Reif

Makeup Department

Robert Littlefield ... makeup artist
Lillian Shore ... hairdresser

Production Management

Clarence Eurist ... production supervisor (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Milton Carter ... assistant director
Paul Feiner ... second assistant director
Howard Joslin ... second assistant director

Art Department

Karl Brainard ... assistant set decorator (as Carl Brainard)
Christopher Ebsen ... chief carpenter
Bud Pine ... construction supervisor
Robert L. Stephen ... chief painter
Ray Zambel ... property master

Sound Department

Rex Lipton ... sound effects editor
Earl Snyder ... sound

Special Effects by

Dave Koehler ... special effects

Visual Effects by

Louis DeWitt ... photographic effects
Jack Rabin ... photographic effects


Fred Gabourie ... stunts (unconfirmed)
Sol Gorss ... stunts (unconfirmed)
Gil Perkins ... stunts (unconfirmed)
Wally Rose ... stunts (unconfirmed)
Eddie Saenz ... stunts (unconfirmed)
Don Turner ... stunts (unconfirmed)
Bob Morgan ... stunts (uncredited)
Harvey Parry ... stunts (uncredited) (unconfirmed)

Camera and Electrical Department

Lou Cortese ... best boy
Paul Eagler ... process camera operator
Carl Gibson ... head grip
Robert Hosler ... second assistant camera
Bobby Jones ... gaffer
Richard Towers ... camera operator (as Dick Tower)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Beaumelle ... costumes: Miss Windsor
Rudy Harrington ... wardrobe: women
Jack Masters ... wardrobe
Joan Joseff ... costume jeweller (uncredited)

Music Department

Gerald Fried ... conductor
Gilbert D. Marchant ... music editor (as Gilbert Marchant)

Transportation Department

Dave Lesser ... transportation

Other crew

Mary Gibsone ... script supervisor
Joyce Hartman ... assistant to director
Marguerite Olson ... production assistant
Crew verified as complete

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Special Effects


Other Companies

  • RCA (sound system)


Plot Summary

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 ante stuff that put him behind bars; Marvin Unger, a bookkeeper who is bankrolling the plan, is doing it out of his friendship and loyalty to Johnny; Randy Kennan, a crooked police officer, is already late with his repayment to a loan shark; Mike O'Reilly, one of the track's bartenders, wants to be able to provide better overall care, most importantly medical, to his bedridden wife, Ruthie O'Reilly; and milquetoast George Peatty, one of the track's ticket clerks, is trying to buy back the love of his shrew of a wife of five years, Sherry Peatty, if he ever had her love at all. The elaborate plan requires meticulous timing by all seven men. Beyond any unforeseen problems causing the plan to fail, what the other four team members are unaware of is that weak minded George told Sherry of the broad issue that he will be involved in a heist in an effort to hold on to her emotionally, she, in turn, who told her boyfriend Val Cannon, with Sherry and Val having their own ideas of absconding with the entire take of the heist after the fact. Written by Huggo

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Taglines These 5 Men Had a $2,000,000 Secret Until One of them told this Woman! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Clean Break (United States)
  • Day of Violence (United States)
  • Bed of Fear (United States)
  • L'ultime razzia (France)
  • Die Rechnung ging nicht auf (Germany)
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  • 84 min
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Budget $320,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

Trivia Kirk Douglas was so impressed with this film that he sought out the director for his next project, Paths of Glory (1957). See more »
Goofs During the robbery you clearly see that a significant amount of the money is in neatly banded bundles of brand new crisp bills yet when it is transferred from the dufflebag to the suitcase all of the money is loose, unstacked & well used. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Hai-Kubrick (1999). See more »
Quotes Maurice: You have my sympathies, then. You have not yet learned that in this life you have to be like everyone else - the perfect mediocrity; no better, no worse. Individuality's a monster and it must be strangled in it's cradle to make our friends feel confident. You know, I've often thought that the gangster and the artist are the same in the eyes of the masses. They are admired and hero-worshipped, but there is always present underlying wish to see them destroyed at the peak of their glory.
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