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The Killing (Criterion Collection)
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A brilliant effort of film making by Stanley Kubrick as he demonstrated an impeccable choice in cast selection, choosing established 'B' movie actors such as: Elisha Cook, Jr. as George Peatty and Jay C. Flippen as Marvin Unger (both actors had appeared in "The Three Stooges" skits more than once); then Sterling Hayden as the main character, Johnny Clay: though one of the beauties of this film is that all of the actors had such memorable performances. The limited acting abilities of these stars only added to the subtle gritty reality of their lumpenprolitariat roles which carried this film as much as any special effect.
While Stanley Kubrick wrote the screenplay and maintained a number of elements from the book, he eliminated Lionel White's character of Maurice Cohen and had Johnny Clay assume those duties; and also replaced the boxer, Tex, with the burly (and hairy) wrestler Maurice Oboukhof for the spectacular bar room fight diversion. In the book, Marvin Unger deeply despised Johnny Clay; but in the movie, Unger demonstrated a fatherly pride and deep paternal admiration for Johnny Clay - the movie is noted for its admirable male commeraderie!Read more ›
The story here details that of a `daring and methodical' heist of a horseracing track, which begins as we meet the principal participants...there's Johnny Clay (Hayden), the brains of the operation, Marvin Unger (Flippen) the money man, George Peatty (Cook) and Mike O'Reilly (Sawyer), both inside men (meaning they actually work at the track), and Randy Kennan (de Corsia), a crooked cop, who rounds out the core group.Read more ›
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The title is a disservice. Killing in the violent sense has little to do with this. "Man Makes Plans and God Laughs" would be more like it. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Mitch R.
If you enjoy film, watch this movie. Good story that has been copied many times since then.Published 2 months ago by QUINN LAUTENSLAGER
Early Kubrick film and we loved it, great from start to finish.Published 2 months ago by Zane Parker
The Killing (1956) is a crime movie starring Sterling Hayden, who masterminds a robbery of a racetrack. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Todd7