In Cold Blood

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Truman Capote’s best seller, a breakthrough narrative account of real-life crime and punishment, became an equally chilling film in the hands of writer-director Richard Brooks. Cast for their unsettling resemblances to the killers they play, Robert... read more
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Truman Capote’s best seller, a breakthrough narrative account of real-life crime and punishment, became an equally chilling film in the hands of writer-director Richard Brooks. Cast for their unsettling resemblances to the killers they play, Robert Blake and Scott Wilson give authentic, unshowy performances as Perry Smith and Dick Hickock, who in 1959 murdered a family of four in Kansas during a botched robbery. Brooks brings a detached, documentary-like starkness to this uncompromising view of an American tragedy and its aftermath at the same time, stylistically In Cold Blood is a filmmaking master class, with clinically precise editing, chiaroscuro black-and-white cinematography by the great Conrad Hall, and a menacing jazz score by Quincy Jones.

Original Release

12/15/1967

US Release

12/14/1967

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Cast

John Forsythe Alvin Dewey
Robert Blake Perry Smith / Perry
Scott Wilson Richard 'Dick' Hickcock / Dick
Paul Stewart Jensen
Gerald S. O'Loughlin Harold Nye
John Gallaudet Roy Church
Jeff Corey Mr. Hickock
James Flavin Clarence Duntz
Charles McGraw Tex Smith
Will Geer Prosecutor
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Richard Brooks

Writers

Richard Brooks, Truman Capote

Cast

John Forsythe Alvin Dewey
Robert Blake Perry Smith / Perry
Scott Wilson Richard 'Dick' Hickcock / Dick
Paul Stewart Jensen
Gerald S. O'Loughlin Harold Nye
John Gallaudet Roy Church
Jeff Corey Mr. Hickock
James Flavin Clarence Duntz
Charles McGraw Tex Smith
Will Geer Prosecutor
John McLiam Herbert Clutter
Ruth Storey Bonnie Clutter
Brenda Currin Nancy Clutter
Paul Hough Kenyon Clutter
Vaughn Taylor Good Samaritan
Duke Hobbie Young Reporter
John Collins Judge Roland Tate
Sheldon Allman Rev. Jim Post
Sammy Thurman Flo Smith
Raymond Hatton Elderly Hitchhiker

Producers

Editors

Peter Zinner

1968OscarBest Director Nominated
1968OscarBest Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium Nominated
1968OscarBest Cinematography Nominated
1968OscarBest Music, Original Music Score Nominated
1968Golden GlobeBest Motion Picture - Drama Nominated
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