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The Killer Inside Me (1976)

R | | Crime, Drama | October 1976 (USA)
Everyone figures Lou Ford, a small-town, Montana, deputy sheriff, to be a normal, good-old-boy kind of regular Joe. But no one knows about "the sickness" that drives him to kill.

Director:

Burt Kennedy

Writers:

Edward Mann (screenplay), Robert Chamblee (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stacy Keach ... Lou Ford
Susan Tyrrell ... Joyce Lakeland (as Susan Tyrell)
Tisha Sterling ... Amy Stanton
Keenan Wynn ... Chester Conway
Don Stroud ... Elmer
Charles McGraw ... Howard Hendricks
John Dehner ... Bob Maples
Pepe Serna ... Johnny Lopez
John Carradine ... Dr. Jason Smith
Royal Dano ... Father
Julie Adams ... Mother
William Mahiger William Mahiger ... Charlie Adams
Jack Moore Jack Moore ... Hank
Jim Kennedy Jim Kennedy ... Jeff
Dewey Burns Dewey Burns ... Dewey
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Everyone figures Lou Ford, a small-town, Montana, deputy sheriff, to be a normal, good-old-boy kind of regular Joe. But no one knows about "the sickness" that drives him to kill. Written by <iith@worldnet.att.net>

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Good friend, brave sheriff. . .savage killer. (dvd) See more »

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Crime | Drama

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R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

October 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Mörder in mir See more »

Filming Locations:

Butte, Montana, USA

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Budget:

$1,200,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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According to Stacy Keach, the producers wanted to change the film's title to "The Nicest Guy in Town" but he convinced them that it was not a good idea. See more »

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Referenced in The Big Lebowski (1998) See more »

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An overlooked Jim Thompson adaptation that gets it right
18 November 2000 | by Fred Sliman (fs3)See all my reviews

The low budget and the talent of Burt Kennedy (working in a rare venture outside the western genre) add to the striking atmosphere of this largely unseen, barely released Jim Thompson adaptation. After the critically lauded Fat City, Stacy Keach had quite a few star turns in alternative fare during the 70s, of which this is among the best (though his decade-wrapper with The Ninth Configuration is awfully hard to beat.)

Susan Tyrell rejoins him here after her acclaimed Fat City turn, with many terrific character actors throughout the cast. Technical work is top-drawer with the William Fraker photography as good as ever.

One of the first budget DVD's released, (naturally unletterboxed) the Panavision cries out for a redo. Sadly, the small resurgence in Thompson adaptations in the early 90s ended rather quickly; still plenty of great material there for dedicated crime filmmakers.


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