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Crime & Punishment, USA (1959)

| Drama | 1 May 1959 (USA)
A Californian law student murders a pawnbroker, then matches wits with the detective on the case.

Director:

Denis Sanders

Writers:

Fyodor Dostoevsky (novel) (as Feodor Dostoevski), Walter Newman (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
George Hamilton ... Robert
Mary Murphy ... Sally
Frank Silvera ... Lt. Porter
Marian Seldes ... Debbie Cole
John Harding John Harding ... Fred Swanson
Wayne Heffley ... Rafe
Eve McVeagh Eve McVeagh ... Mrs. Griggs
Tony Johnson Tony Johnson ... Mrs. Cole (as Toni Merrill)
Lew Brown Lew Brown ... Sgt. Neil Samuels
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Barry Atwater
Sidney Clute ... Doctor (as Sid Clute)
Ken Drake Ken Drake ... Hendricks
Magda Harout Magda Harout
James Hyland James Hyland ... Man in Coffee Shop (as Jim Hyland)
Len Lesser ... Desk Officer
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A Californian law student murders a pawnbroker, then matches wits with the detective on the case.

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"Is that how you get your Kicks? Out of Killing!" See more »

Genres:

Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 May 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Crime and Punishment, U.S.A. See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Sanders Associates See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The opening aerial shots are of Pacific Ocean Park in Santa Monica, CA, a popular amusement park in the 1960s that has since closed down. See more »

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Version of Crime and Punishment (1970) See more »

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An Fine but Little Known Movie
7 November 2008 | by saintongeSee all my reviews

This is a very good adaptation of Dostoevsky's novel. The actors all gave solid performances, and the script captures the essence of an investigation into a crime that will depend on not on physical evidence, or finding a witness, but on a psychological campaign by the police detective, as he seeks to get a crack his suspect. As George Hamilton's Robert fences with Frank Silvera's Inspector Porter, he tries to come to terms with his own guilt and fear. In the end, it resolves wonderfully, with Robert coming to terms with his actions and deciding how to live them.

The low budget for the film seems to have been a benefit in this case. The seedy Southern California landscapes give a feel of desperation that makes the initial crime believable, and makes Robert's desire to escape it understandable. And the 'cheapness' fits the small cast, and the film's concentration on a few characters, intensifying the psychological pressure Robert is feeling.

Really well done, and I highly recommend it.


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