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In Cold Blood (1967)

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

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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R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 March 1968 (Argentina) 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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Did You Know?

Trivia

Danny DeVito sought out the role of Perry Smith at the start of his acting career. He would not make his film debut until 1970. See more »

Goofs

In Perry's Las Vegas fantasy sequence, he is playing a Saturn '63 guitar, which wasn't produced until 1963. See more »

Quotes

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

Featured in Visions of Light (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Row, Row, Row Your Boat
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Traditional
Performed a cappella by Robert Blake and Ted Eccles
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Life magazine article May 1967
16 April 2006 | by yuvegotmaleSee all my reviews

I was a senior in high school in 1967 when I read a article in the May issue of Life magazine about In Cold Blood. On the front cover was a picture of Robert Blake, Truman Capote, and Scott Wilson. The background for the picture was a desolate Kansas wheat field. I can remember to this day reading about how the film was made in the house that the murders occurred, and even that the horse of Nancy Clutter was used in the film. The Life article showed comparisons of the actors and the actual persons. When the movie was released, I could not wait to go see it. This movie is just as haunting today as it was in 1968.I have seen In Cold Blood many times and will probably see it many more times.........one of my favorite movies of all time............When Robert Blake was going through the trial of the murder of his wife, I could not help but think about his role in this movie..........


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