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  • Director

    Stanley Kubrick

  • Starring

    Sterling Hayden, Coleen Gray, Vince Edwards, Jay C Flippen, Elisha Cook Jr

  • Run Time

    93 mins

  • Release Year

    1956

  • Country of Origin

    USA

  • Certificate

    PG

  • Language

    English

  • Format

    Digital

The Killing + Short

Part of the Stanley Kubrick Season

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Characteristically Kubrickian in both its mechanistic coldness and its vision of human endeavour undone by greed and deceit, this noir-ish heist movie stars Sterling Hayden as the ex-con who gathers together a gallery of small-timers to rob a race-track; for once it's not the robbery itself that goes wrong, but the aftermath.


What is remarkable about the film, besides the excellent performances and Lucien Ballard's steely photography, is the time structure, employing a complex series of flashbacks both to introduce and explain characters and to create a synchronous view of simultaneous events.
^^^Even though he was just starting out, Kubrick instantly mastered the crime genre. A stunning film.^^^- Kim Newman, Empire



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