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In Cold Blood 

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At the end of the 1950s, in a more innocent America, the brutal, meaningless slaying of a Midwestern family horrified the nation. This film is based on Truman Capote's hauntingly detailed, ... See full summary »
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Complete series cast summary:
Anthony Edwards ...  Dick Hickock 2 episodes, 1996
Eric Roberts ...  Perry Smith 2 episodes, 1996
Sam Neill ...  Agent Alvin Dewey 2 episodes, 1996
Kevin Tighe ...  Herbert Clutter 2 episodes, 1996
Gillian Barber ...  Bonnie Clutter 2 episodes, 1996
Margot Finley ...  Nancy Clutter 2 episodes, 1996
Robbie Bowen Robbie Bowen ...  Kenyon Clutter 2 episodes, 1996
Bethel Leslie ...  Bess Hartmann 2 episodes, 1996
Gwen Verdon ...  Sadie Truitt 2 episodes, 1996
Leo Rossi ...  Agent Harold Nye 2 episodes, 1996
Troy Evans ...  Carl Duntz 2 episodes, 1996
Don S. Davis ...  Roy Church 2 episodes, 1996
L.Q. Jones ...  Tex Smith 2 episodes, 1996
Louise Latham ...  Eunice Hickock 2 episodes, 1996
Campbell Lane ...  Walter Hickock 2 episodes, 1996
Tom McBeath ...  Alfred Stoecklein 2 episodes, 1996
Brad Greenquist ...  Floyd Wells 2 episodes, 1996
Stella Stevens ...  Hotel Keeper 2 episodes, 1996
Ryan Reynolds ...  Bobby Rupp 2 episodes, 1996
Lindsey Campbell ...  Susan Kidwell 2 episodes, 1996
Emily Perkins ...  Kathy Ewalt 2 episodes, 1996
Susan Hogan ...  Marie Dewey 2 episodes, 1996
Harry Northup ...  Minister 2 episodes, 1996
Frank C. Turner ...  Clarence Ewalt 2 episodes, 1996
Greg Lawson ...  Insurance Salesman 2 episodes, 1996
Matthew Lerigny Matthew Lerigny ...  Little Perry 2 episodes, 1996
Stephanie Anne Mills Stephanie Anne Mills ...  Dorie 2 episodes, 1996
Mark Herring Mark Herring ...  Tom Sawyer 2 episodes, 1996
Isobel Smith Isobel Smith ...  Nun 2 episodes, 1996
Liese McDonald Liese McDonald ...  Eveanna Clutter 2 episodes, 1996
Brenda Shuttleworth Brenda Shuttleworth ...  Beverly Clutter 2 episodes, 1996
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At the end of the 1950s, in a more innocent America, the brutal, meaningless slaying of a Midwestern family horrified the nation. This film is based on Truman Capote's hauntingly detailed, psychologically penetrating nonfiction novel. While in prison, Dick Hickock, 28, hears a cell-mate's story about $10,000 in cash kept in a home safe by a prosperous rancher. When he's paroled, Dick persuades ex-con Perry Smith, 31, to join him in going after the stash. On a November night in 1959, Dick and Perry break into the Holcomb, Kansas, house of Herb Clutter. Enraged at finding no safe, they wake the sleeping family and brutally kill them all. The bodies are found by two friends who come by before Sunday church. The murders shock the small Great Plains town, where doors are routinely left unlocked. Detective Alvin Dewey of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation heads the case, but there are no clues, no apparent motive and no suspects... Written by Echo Bridge Home Entertainment

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24 November 1996 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Lyrics by Perry Smith and Adapted by Hummie Mann
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Doesn't live up to the 1960's original
8 February 2016 | by AlsExGalSee all my reviews

First off, the atmosphere is just not there. The 1967 film had black and white photography and a truly inspired score that really put you in the mood, and in the time and place. As usual in films that try to take you back to more innocent times - in this case rural 1959 Kansas - they get the art direction and costumes down and just get the personalities of the people all wrong. In reality, Dick Hickock and Perry Smith were just inches from turning on each other like wolves many times after the crime. Here they tussle a little, but the real dark differences between them are just not shown. Hickock was in actuality the stronger and the more sociopathic of the two, here he is shown as just a carefree womanizer with a criminal bent for theft. Likewise, the actual deep remorse that Perry Smith felt over the murders is not shown, nor is the fact that he was the weaker of the pair, and a dreamer. In fact, Perry is shown as the stronger of the two.

Not only are the criminals shown as not that menacing, the townspeople are shown as more modern in their speech patterns than was actually true. In a town where it really was true that EVERYBODY went to church every Sunday, where it really was true that a romance between a Catholic and a Methodist was doomed to failure, the female owner of the local diner is not going to yell across the room to a man who is a stranger to her "You bet your butt I do!" in response to how good a cup of coffee she makes.

Of course at the end, the details of the crime are shown - at least from Perry Smith's viewpoint - because today people are used to seeing that kind of thing in the news and on broadcast TV - a family killed by complete strangers. In the 1967 film the details of the grisly murders would have been out of the question since the production code was technically in force for another couple of years.

If you get a chance to see the 1967 version, it's a toss-up as to whether or not this one is worth your time. It is not bad, it is just not up to the standards of the original theatrical film.


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