The Killing

The Killing

DVD - 2011
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Stanley Kubrick's account of an ambitious racetrack robbery is one of Hollywood's tautest, twistiest noirs. Aided by a radically time-shuffling narrative, razor-sharp dialogue from pulp novelist Jim Thompson, and a phenomenal cast of character actors, including Sterling Hayden, Coleen Gray, Timothy Carey, and Elisha Cook Jr., The Killing is both a jaunty thriller and a cold-blooded punch to the gut. With its precise tracking shots and gratifying sense of irony, it's Kubrick to the core.


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Nov 06, 2018

Tight economical storytelling, brilliant camera work, wonderful ensemble performances - this is a film far ahead of its time. A true gem from the 50's.

Mar 12, 2018

This movie could have another title: Gone With The Wind. I've seen it before and liked it every time. All the characters are definitely characters in their own right. No one detracts from anyone else, no ham performances. But it is a depressing picture where no one wins anything. In fact, just about everyone looses their life before it is all said and done. Stanley Kubrick was to say the least an iconoclastic film director.

Mar 28, 2016

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Enjoyed the unique style of narration, to the point. Didn't know this was done by Stanley Kubric but once I saw his name I knew I had to give it a chance & very glad I did. Love Kubric's sense of irony.

AladarNyc Dec 31, 2014

Very good, but I wish it was longer. It pulled me in, and suddenly it was over. (What 2nd. DVD?).

Nov 12, 2014

Fantastic !

7duffy Sep 01, 2014

Kubrick at his best

Jun 26, 2014

"The Killing" is one of Stanley Kubrick's first major films. He would go on from here do such films as "Paths of Glory", "Spartacus", "Lolita" and Dr. Strangelove or How I Stopped Worrying and Loved the Bomb". Sterling Hayden has a plan for a robbery and he feels it fool proof. I won't give any plot details away. Stanley Kubrick even at this early stage of his career has great cinematography and tight script. You will be on the edge of your seat. It is rare to see a director so young make such a great film.

aaa5756 Apr 19, 2013

Sound and Very well done old school DVD movie. I would recommend this movie for all to see. Well worth the price of admission to any theater.

Apr 16, 2013

One of the best Kubrick films out there, and one of the most memorable endings ever.

Sep 07, 2012

(Two disc set) ** The Killers (1956): Man! Kubrick + Noir = Killer Combination. The play-by-play narration was actually pretty cool; it added some old school intensity and drama. Sterling Hayden was terrific as the bold, self-assured heist mastermind. Legendary screen wingnut Timothy Carey as the paid equine sniper. I nearly cracked a rib in hysterics during the fight scene with the cauliflower-eared wrestler Kola Kwariani (Maurice). The flick had a "Dragnet" feel to it... maybe it was the narrator's time stamp thing (e.g. Joe Friday?)... "Tuesday, two forty five p.m... Johnny arrives at the racetrack..." Well paced. Great ending. In short -- outstanding. Absolutely loved it. FIVE STARS. ** Killer's Kiss (1955): An unexpected experience for me --a low budget, dubbed-in dialogue, 'student' film kind of package. Written, directed, photographed -- the whole concept from Kubrick. My first impression was: "Oh boy, over-dubbing? Amateurish. Cheezy." That passed, and I started getting into the period's imagery: the N.Y.C. neon signage; degrading dance halls; amusing drunken Shriners... The mannequin factory was a guaranteed creepiness factor. I ended up being quite surprised at how entertained I was by what I initially assumed to be something crude and rudimentary. Four and a half stars for the time travel trip.

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aaa5756 Apr 19, 2013

“You can always count on Americans to do the right thing - after they've tried everything else.” -Winston Churchill

aaa5756 Apr 16, 2013

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” ― Martin Luther King, Jr

Sep 08, 2012

The Killing: Johnny Clay: "...Suppose, by accident, you do get picked up. What've you done? You shot a horse! It isn't first degree murder; in fact, it isn't even murder; in fact, I don't know what it is. But the chances are, the best that they could get you on would be... uh, inciting a riot, or shooting horses out of season, or something like that." Nikki Arcane: "The way you put it, Doc, you make it sound real simple, you know Pops?"

Sep 08, 2012

The Killing: Maurice (to Johnny Clay): "...You have my sympathies, then. You have not yet learned that in this life you have to be like everyone else -- the perfect mediocrity; no better, no worse. Individuality's a monster and it must be strangled in it's cradle to make our friends feel confident. You know, I've often thought that the gangster and the artist are the same in the eyes of the masses. They are admired and hero-worshipped, but there is always present an underlying wish to see them destroyed at the peak of their glory."

Sep 08, 2012

The Killing: (Trying to escape from the airport) Fay: "Johnny, you've got to run!" Johnny Clay: "Eh... what's the difference?"

Sep 08, 2012

Killer's Kiss: Gloria Price: "Can't you get it, Vinny? To me you're just an old man. You smell bad."

Sep 08, 2012

Killer's Kiss: Vincent Rapallo: "Like the man said, "Can happiness buy money?" "

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