The Killing

The Killing

Sterling Hayden
Director: Stanley Kubrick Cast: Sterling Hayden
Sterling Hayden
, Coleen Gray
Coleen Gray
, Marie Windsor
Marie Windsor
Stanley Kubrick

Blu-ray (Black & White)

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The Killing was director Stanley Kubrick's first major film effort -- though, like Kubrick's earlier films, it was economically produced with an inexpensive cast. In a variation of his Asphalt Jungle role, Sterling Hayden plays veteran criminal Johnny Clay, planning one last big heist before settling down to a respectable marriage with Fay (Colleen Gray). Teaming with several cohorts, Johnny masterminds a racetrack robbery. The basic flaw is that all the crooks involved are losers and small-timers who find themselves in way over their heads despite their supposed cleverness. None of the participants is more pathetic than George Peatty (Elisha Cook Jr.), who is goaded into the robbery by his covetous and far-from-faithful wife (Marie Windsor). As in a Greek tragedy, Johnny's best-laid schemes go awry. Prominently featured in the cast of The Killing are offbeat character actors Tim Carey and Joe Turkel, who'd show up with equally showy roles in future Kubrick productions. The Killing is based on the novel Clean Break by Lionel White.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/16/2011
UPC: 0715515085618
Original Release: 1956
Source: Criterion Collection
Region Code: A
Presentation: [B&W]
Time: 1:24:00
Sales rank: 12,568

Special Features

Video interview with producer James B. Harris; Excerpted interviews with actor Sterling Hayden from the French television series Cinéma cinémas; Video interview with poet and author Robert Polito about writer Jim Thompson; Restored high-definition digital transfer of Stanley Kubrick's 1955 noir feature Killer's Kiss; New video appreciation of Killer's Kiss featuring film critic Geoffrey O'Brien; Trailers

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sterling Hayden Johnny Clay
Coleen Gray Fay
Marie Windsor Sherry Peatty
Elisha Cook George Peatty
Vincent Edwards Val Cannon
Jay C. Flippen Marvin Unger
Ted de Corsia Randy Kennan
Joe Sawyer Mike O'Reilly
Timothy Carey Nikki Arane
Jay Adler Leo
Joe Turkel Tiny
William Benedict Airline Clerk
Tito Vuolo Actor
James Edwards Parking Attendant
Dorothy Adams Actor
Mary Carroll Actor
James Griffith Actor
Kola Kwarian Maurice Oboukhoff
Steve Mitchell Actor
Robert B. Williams Actor

Technical Credits
Stanley Kubrick Director,Screenwriter
Lucien Ballard Cinematographer
Gerald Fried Score Composer
Rudy Harrington Costumes/Costume Designer
James B. Harris Producer
David Koehler Special Effects
Harry Reif Set Decoration/Design
Alexander Singer Associate Producer
Earl Snyder Sound/Sound Designer
Ruth Sobotka Art Director
Betty Steinberg Editor
Jim Thompson Screenwriter

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