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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.

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Mr. Hickock
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Ruth Storey ...
Bonnie Clutter
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Nancy Clutter (as Brenda C. Currin)
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Kenyon Clutter
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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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7 March 1968 (Argentina)  »

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Truman Capote's In Cold Blood  »

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$3,500,000 (estimated)
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(Westrex Recording System) (5.0) (L-R)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Otto Preminger had tried to buy the rights to " In Cold Blood" in 1965, and planned for Frank Sinatra to star. See more »

Goofs

When Dick is in the interrogation room just before he confesses, you can see the reflection of the camera in the window on the door before and after the detective enters the room. See more »

Quotes

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

Referenced in The Triplets of Belleville (2003) 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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User Reviews

 
The Perfect Film...?
9 September 2003 | by See all my reviews

I've seen a great many films, but 'In Cold Blood' stands alone in a class by itself. It excels in every department. The fact that it contained few big stars helps push it over the top as you pay closer attention to the characters and their story, rather than the name on the marquee. Blake and Wilson turn in stellar performances of the killer duo. The fact that much of the films is filmed in the actual locations where the crime took place, even inside the very house, add additional chills. The black/white photography darkens the mood and the photography is magnificent. There are many outstanding cinematic works out there, but if I could only vote for one to top the list, it would most probably be "In Cold Blood".


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