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In Cold Blood (1967)

Robert Blake , Scott Wilson , Richard Brooks  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (143 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Robert Blake, Scott Wilson, John Forsythe, Paul Stewart, Gerald S. O'Loughlin
  • Directors: Richard Brooks
  • Writers: Richard Brooks, Truman Capote
  • Producers: Richard Brooks
  • Format: Anamorphic, Black & White, Dubbed, DVD, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Georgian, Chinese, Thai
  • Dubbed: Chinese, English, French, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Columbia Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: September 23, 2003
  • Run Time: 134 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (143 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000AN4JE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,163 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Robert Blake, Scott Wilson. The senseless murder of a Midwestern family sends police on a grim search for the two killers. Based on the book by Truman Capote. 1968/color/134 min/NR/widescreen.

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139 of 148 people found the following review helpful
When Truman Capote published his 1966 novel IN COLD BLOOD--a story based on the actual 1959 murder of wealthy Kansas farmer Herbert Clutter and his family--he single-handedly established a new type of printed literature. Factual accounts of real-world crime had made it into print before, of course, but in writing HIS book, Capote combined in-depth journalistic research with the techniques of fiction writing, openly folding the facts of the case into invented dialogue and, for aesthetic purposes, sometimes combining the case's less important actors into single fictional characters. Capote himself referred to IN COLD BLOOD as a "non-fiction novel," and this approach to retelling real-life crimes in a pulp-like literary format would eventually evolve into the true-crime genre that is popular today.
Maverick filmmaker Richard Brooks saw the potential of Capote's work as a basis for an aesthetically literate and thematically powerful film and subsequently adapted it for the screen. Producing and directing the film himself, Brooks collaborated with talented cinematographer Conrad L. Hall to create a film that challenged the established Hollywood conception of what movie is supposed to be. Brooks rejected studio pressure to make the film in color, to cast well-known stars in the leading roles, and to soften the story's matter-of-fact depiction of the murders. Instead, he wanted to make a film that, like the novel upon which it was based, seemed raw, hard-boiled, and true to life.
In spite of the violent and senseless nature of the real-life murders, Capote's novel was intended to ultimately evoke feelings that would make the reader repudiate support of capital punishment.
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58 of 60 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good adaptation of a great book April 27, 2004
Truman Capote's "In Cold Blood" was hailed as a "non-fiction novel"; Richard Brooks' film adaptation is a semi-documentary film. Brooks doesn't sensationalize, however; the blood and gore of four horrible murders is kept to a bare minimum. We hear the gunshots but we don't see the carnage, and we don't need to; the power of suggestion does it all. Brooks keeps the movie strictly on track, from the night of the murder to the discovery of the crime the next morning; the killers' flight across country and the investigation by the detectives of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation which solved the crime and brought the perpetrators to justice.
The actors are all competent in their roles and there are some very good performances indeed in the supporting parts. But the outstanding performance in this film is Robert Blake as Perry Smith, and to a lesser extent, Scott Wilson as Dick Hickock. Blake's haunted expression as he says, right before his hanging, "I'd like to apologize. But who to?" makes the viewer feel all the tragedy of a wasted life.
The one problem with this otherwise fine screen adaptation is that we see far too little of the Clutters. We don't get to know them as people, their lives, how they interact. They're just people who get murdered one night. In the book they became living characters, people we felt we knew. In the movie, they're almost reduced to bit players. The book is about the Clutters, who were killed by Hickock and Smith; the movie is about Hickock and Smith who murdered a family named Clutter.
The book raced along with the speed of a good novel; the film moves at a slower pace, that of an investigative report. If we see too little of the Clutters, we really get inside the minds of Smith and Hickock, and it isn't very nice in there. Shooting the movie in black and white lends to the newsreel quality of the film. It's a stark, bare-bones movie, the right kind of film to depict a senseless crime that ultimately destroyed six lives.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps the Most Indelible Crime Film Ever Made June 26, 1999
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Once seen, you will never forget Richard Brooks' haunting adaptation of In Cold Blood. A truer or more shocking story of American crime & punishment has never been told so well, and the film will leave you with more questions than answers. Yet, in terms of the filmmaking, everything works with the absolute precision of superlative craft. Robert Blake and Scott Wilson are unforgettable in the lead roles, each essaying a different kind of loser with brutish physicality and natural dialogue. The inventive jazz score by Quincy Jones is one of the strangest, and perhaps most appropriate, soundtracks ever created for an American studio film. And, most of all, the dazzling B&W cinematography of Conrad Hall is about the best I've ever seen. Images stick with you for days after the final credits roll-- a police cruiser screaming through the desolate Kansas prairie on a bright, cold morning; a cigarette lit in absolute darkness, suddenly revealing the twisted outline of a sweaty hand; a bloody shoeprint illuminated in the momentary glare of a flashing camera bulb; and, most famously, reflected rain 'tears' rolling down the killer's face as he awaits execution. The real miracle is that Brooks was able to preserve the narrative sweep of Truman Capote's 'nonfiction novel' without sacrificing detail. The documentary style and use of actual locations (it is rumored that Brooks even went so far as to use real vials of the victims' blood in a courtroom scene) make this a somewhat creepy viewing experience. But the offhand manner with which American filmmakers deal with crime nowadays neglects the heart of the issue-- murder and death are the ugliest experiences imaginable-- and Brooks glamorizes nothing here (other than the utter innocence of the slain family. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chilling recreation of famous IN COLD BLOOD story
In spite of subsequent movies focusing on Truman Capote's involvement with the writing of IN COLD BLOOD, this gritty, black and white film delivers the essence of the time (1959),... Read more
Published 4 days ago by MG Armstrong
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good
This is one of my favorite movies and it was so nice to see it again. The delivery was prompt and the DVD is in excellent shape.

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Published 11 days ago by Sandra Kaye
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful
Superb performances, great soundtrack. If you don't like this flick then I seriously question your cinematic tastes (no offense intended).
Published 20 days ago by S. Poole
5.0 out of 5 stars "based on a true story" always works for me!
Watch Capote starring Phillip Seymour Hoffman then watch In Cold Blood starring Robert Blake to get the full story of this horrible event! Read more
Published 24 days ago by M. Dobyns
4.0 out of 5 stars The movie was interesting..
I liked what it was about and the black and white was what gave it more effect of the time period. I only give it four stars, because there's something that I don't like about it,... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Karen
3.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat disappointed!
I chose this rating because there was a scene where a cop, played by a young actor at the time ( Ted Dancer) was shot in the forehead by one of the "Cold Blood" characters. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Carolyn G. Spivey
5.0 out of 5 stars Scary and strangely moving
Having just seen the excellent movie "Capote" with Phillip Seymour Hoffman, and having read "In Cold Blood" several times, I was primed to see this film rendition of the senseless... Read more
Published 1 month ago by P. B. Sharp
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterful Feat
This film is a haunting tribute to its genre. The film, the music and and the direction are outstanding and sticks with you long after the credits are finished rolling.
Published 1 month ago by J. Barol
5.0 out of 5 stars cd
arrived quickly, just as advertised and in excellent packaging. I had previously read the book and knew the story and heard this black and white movie had history correct and shot... Read more
Published 2 months ago by pamela grigsby
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad
It was good that they carried it through to show justice being done for the brutal senseless crime, but if one had not read the book, the portrayal of the police investigation was... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Glenn Fitzgerald
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