In Cold Blood

In Cold Blood

Director: Richard Brooks Cast: Robert Blake, Scott Wilson, John Forsythe

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Richard Brooks wrote and directed this stark black-and-white (with brilliantly evocative cinematography by Conrad Hall) study of two drifters who murder a family, based on Truman Capote's non-fiction novel In Cold Blood. The film takes place in Holcomb, Kansas, where four members of the Herbert Clutter family are roused from their sleep and brutally murdered. The killers, Perry Smith (Robert Blake) and Dick Hickock (Scott Wilson), are two ex-cons who plan to rob the Clutters of $10,000 kept in a safe in their home. But Dick and Perry find no safe and no $10,000 and end up leaving the murder scene with only $43. The police, led by Alvin Dewey (John Forsythe) of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, try to track down the killers. Meanwhile, Dick and Perry take off to Mexico, where Perry has fantasies of prospecting for gold. But when his dreams of prospecting come to naught, Dick insists that they return to the United States. Confident that they have left no clues, they cash bad checks, and the police track them down in Las Vegas. During questioning, their alibis are broken when they are separated and tell conflicting stories.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/17/2015
UPC: 0715515160612
Original Release: 1967
Rating: R
Source: Criterion
Region Code: A
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 2:14:00
Sales rank: 5,336

Special Features

New interview with cinematographer John Bailey about director of photography Conrad Hall's work in the film; New interview with film historian Bobbie O'Steen on the film's editing; New interview with film critic and jazz historian Gary Giddins about Quincy Jones's music for the film; New interview with writer Douglass K. Daniel on director Richard Brooks; Interview with Brooks from a 1988 episode of the French television series Cinéma cinémas; With Love from Truman, a short 1966 documentary featuring novelist Truman Capote, directed by Albert and David Maysles; Two archival NBC interviews with Capote: ; one following the author on a 1966 visit to Holcomb, Kansas, and the other conducted by Barbara Walters in 1967; Trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert Blake Perry Smith
Scott Wilson Dick Hickok
John Forsythe Alvin Dewey
Paul Stewart Reporter, Jenson
Gerald O'Loughlin Harold Nye
Jeff Corey Hickock's Father
John Gallaudet Roy Church
James Flavin Clarence Duntz
Charles McGraw Mr. Smith
James Lantz Officer Rohleder
John McLiam Herbert Clutter
Ruth Storey Bonnie Clutter
Vaughn Taylor "Good Samaritan"
Duke Hobbie Young Reporter
Sheldon Allman Rev. Post
Ted Eccles Young Hitchhiker
Raymond Hatton Old Hitchhiker
Mary Linda Rapelye Susan Kidwell
Ronda Fultz Nancy's Friend
Al Christy Sheriff
Stan Levitt Insurance Man
Brenda Currin Nancy Clutter
Willow Geer-Alsop Prosecuting Attorney

Technical Credits
Richard Brooks Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Jack Ahern Art Director,Set Decoration/Design
Robert F. Boyle Production Designer
Geza Gaspar Special Effects
Conrad L. Hall Cinematographer
Quincy Jones Score Composer
Jack Martell Costumes/Costume Designer
Gary Morris Makeup
Peter Zinner Editor
Truman Capote Source Author

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In Cold Blood 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well, this movie IS NOT an illustrated case for the death penalty. Capote never takes that stand in the book, nor do the filmmaker's here, thank goodness. Bennett Miller's film, Capote, actually inspired me to seek this one out. I was truly impressed. The screenplay and cinematography are both compelling - a singular vision that works beautifully. The photography has a realism and grittiness without the distraction of the more contemoprary "handheld" camera effects. Yet it also displays tenderness and poignancy in the close up shots without becoming maudlin or sentimental. The acting is superb and Quincy Jones' soundtrack gives the film a period authenticity. In all, a compelling classic.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Writer-director Richard Brooks' masterful film takes the same stance as author Truman Capote's original "non-fiction" novel from which the film is drawn, except that Brooks is an engaged observer. He has an apparent admiration for police efficiency, a demonstration for capital punishment equal to his distaste for laws which alternatively save the murderer from execution and offers parole after but a few years. He has sympathy for the victims and for the perpetrators of the crime. By using mostly unknown players who include some of the real-life neighbors of the victims, Brooks enables us to accept his filmic reality without being hampered by familiar faces. On one hand, the audience is spared from viewing the murders in action, as in "Bonnie and Clyde" (also 1967). On the other, the audience is privy to the reaction of the Clutter family when it dawns on each member of the family that none of them will escape. This is all more wrenching because the family obviously is close and the pleas of each to "do what you will with me only spare. . ." is pretty hard to take. Why should such a film be made and a book written? Perhaps because we all find ourselves faced more and more by such senseless slaughter. We need to understand, if we can, some of the causes and to try, if we can, to find a just and equitable solution both for the criminals and for the society on whom they prey. [filmfactsman]
Guest More than 1 year ago
Also a rare instance of a fantastic adaptation of a novel, the only other I can think of being A Clockwork Orange. The real crime here, however, is how Scott Wilson was denied recognition for one of the most natural performances of a criminal I've seen. Will Geer is a contender for Moses after seeing his 2 minute monologue as the prosecutor. Love that raucous jazz cranked during the murder sequence. The main interrogating cop is a hoot, simply replying 'comin' up...' when Wilson dares him to produce usable evidence, like having Rumsfeld playing bad cop.
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The Crime, against the Clutter Family, in Holcomb,KA, based on the slaughter of an innocent family, because of a lie, that an inmate told another inmate, brings, to all of us.... 'an eye for an eye..a tooth for a tooth..', and brings that instinct home. It shows why the Justice System, came through, for the Clutter Family, although it was too late. This movie should really bolster the thought of an innocent family, slaughtered, on the basis of greed, and shows why we should keep the Death Penalty alive. If you do not believe it now, you will, after seeing this movie, which is very much, word for word, the book, 'In Cold Blood'. There's no sensationalism here, only the truth.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote is a suspensful novel as well as a documentary of a historical crime. The author does a good job of making you feel like you know the characters on a very personal level through great detail and explanations. Capote also explains many of the conflicts tht were encountered while going through the trial process. When the residents of Holcomb found out about the brutal murders of the Clutter family the whole town was in a state of shock. Everyone that lived there all had their suspisions on who the murderer could have been, maybe a next door neighbor for all they knew. People no longer felt secure in their homes, and started taking extra precautions such as locking their doors and keeping their children inside. Some residents even went as far as to move out of the area, because they no longer felt safe. On a more personal level, this book was not for me. I don't enjoy reading a slow detailed book about a murder case. Since the book was written so detailed you are left always wondering about certain things and left to wait until further along to have your questions answered. The book is well written, and for someone with a lot of patience and time on their hands, have at it.