The Killing


Sterling Hayden, Jay C. Flippen, Marie Windsor, Elisha Cook Jr.,

Stanley Kubrick’s high-voltage suspense thriller stars Sterling Hayden as the ex-con who masterminds a two-million-dollar holdup of a heavily guarded racetrack. His cohorts include a colorless little cashier prodded by his wife’s demands for dough, a reformed drunk, a racketeering cop, and the track bartender. The action is taut as it follows each man’s role up to the point of the heist, and the film loses no acuity in its exploration of the domestic lives and personal motives of the criminals. Kubrick’s direction of his own script is fast-paced and incisive, at times almost documentary, and Lucien Ballard’s excellent photography is augmented by well-chosen stock racetrack footage.

Judy Bloch
  • Stanley Kubrick
Based On
  • the novel Clean Break by Lionel White
  • Lucien Ballard
Print Info
  • B&W
  • DCP
  • 84 mins
  • Park Circus
Additional Info
  • additional dialogue by Jim Thompson

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