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 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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The crime that shocked a nation.


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Trivia

Hickock and Smith were executed on the 100th anniversary of the shooting of Abraham Lincoln in 1865. Lincoln died the next morning. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the movie, after Dick has picked Perry up from the Kansas City bus depot and both are crossing the river into Kansas, the process is running in reverse, giving the impression the car is suddenly moving in reverse despite the two immediate shots bookending this one clearly shows the car moving forward. See more »

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

Referenced in The Dreamers (2003) See more »

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Row, Row, Row Your Boat
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Traditional
Performed a cappella by Robert Blake and Ted Eccles
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Side note about the killer, Perry
2 July 2003 | by JOHNBATES-1See all my reviews

In 1949 my father built a roadhouse (combination restaurant, bar and sleeping cabins) next to the Mendeltna River at mile 153 on the Glenn Highway east of Anchorage, Alaska. Perry Smith and his father's place (mentioned in the movie) was some miles further east. They called it ‘At-Last-A-House', a play on the word Alaska. It wasn't much more than a large shack.

Alaska was still a territory then. And a person could homestead a chunk of property for free just by building a simple dwelling on it.

In the early Fifties Perry and his dad on occasion would visit my parent's lodge for something to eat or for gas. There are really no specific memories of them other than that Perry was a skinny, quiet, non-descript boy and that their hunting lodge never did much business


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

15 December 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Truman Capote's In Cold Blood See more »

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Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

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

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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