The Killing | Chicago Reader

The Killing

Arguably Stanley Kubrick's most perfectly conceived and executed film, this 1956 noirish thriller utilizes an intricate overlapping time structure to depict the planning and execution of a plot to steal $2 million from a racetrack. Adapted by Kubrick from Lionel White's Clean Break, with an extraordinary gallery of B players: Sterling Hayden, Marie Windsor, J.C. Flippen, Elisha Cook Jr., Coleen Gray, Vince Edwards, Ted de Corsia, Joe Sawyer, and the unforgettable Timothy Carey. Orson Welles was so taken with this film that after seeing it he declared Kubrick could do no wrong; not to be missed.

Credits

Director:

  • Stanley Kubrick

Cast:

  • Sterling Hayden
  • Coleen Gray
  • Vince Edwards
  • Jay C. Flippen
  • Marie Windsor
  • Joe Sawyer
  • Ted de Corsia
  • Elisha Cook Jr.
  • Timothy Carey

Writers:

  • Stanley Kubrick
  • Jim Thompson
  • Lionel White

Producer:

  • James B. Harris

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