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The Killing

Stanley Kubrick

The Killing (Criterion Blu-Ray)


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  • United States
  • 1956
  • 84 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.66:1
  • English
  • Spine #575

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, Elisha Cook Jr., and Marie Windsor, The Killing is both a jaunty thriller and a cold-blooded punch to the gut. And with its precise tracking shots and gratifying sense of irony, it’s Kubrick to the core.


Johnny ClaySterling Hayden
FayColeen Gray
Val CannonVince Edwards
Marvin UngerJay C. Flippen
Policeman Randy KennanTed DeCorsia
Sherry PeattyMarie Windsor
George PeattyElisha Cook
Mike O'ReillyJoe Sawyer
Track parking attendantJames Edwards
Nikki ArcaneTimothy Carey
Maurice OboukhoffKola Kwariani
Leo, the loan sharkJay Adler
Joe PianoTito Vuolo
Mrs. Ruthie O'ReillyDorothy Adams
Second American Airlines clerkHerbert Ellis
Mr. Grimes, airline supervisorJames Griffith
Lady with small dogCecil Elliott
TinyJoseph Turkel
BrownSteve Mitchell
American Airlines clerkWilliam Benedict


DirectorStanley Kubrick
ProducerJames B. Harris
ScreenplayStanley Kubrick
DialogueJim Thompson
Based on the novel Clean Break byLionel White
Director of photographyLucien Ballard
Art directorRoth Sobotka
EditingBetty Steinberg
Music composed and conducted byGerald Fried
Assistant directorMilton Carter
Associate producerAlexander Singer
Camera operatorDick Tower
GafferBobby Jones
Head gripCarl Gibson
Script supervisorMary Gibsone
SoundEarl Snyder
MakeupRobert Littlefield
WardrobeJack Masters
Special effectsDave Koehler
Set decoratorHarry Reif
Photographic effectsJack Rabin and Louis DeWitt

Disc Features

  • New digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • New video interview with producer James B. Harris
  • Excerpted interviews with actor Sterling Hayden from the French television series Cinéma cinémas
  • New video interview with poet and author Robert Polito about writer Jim Thompson
  • Restored high-definition digital transfer of Stanley Kubrick’s 1955 noir feature Killer’s Kiss
  • New video appreciation of Killer’s Kiss featuring film critic Geoffrey O’Brien
  • Trailers
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by film historian Haden Guest and a reprinted interview with actress Marie Windsor

    New cover by Connor Willumsen

Film Essays

The Killing

By David EhrensteinOctober 31, 1988

One of the most ingenious and entertaining crime thrillers ever made, The Killing marks what . . . Read more »


Colorful Criminals

September 08, 2011

The Killing poster, original U.S. release, 1956. Read more »


Press Notes

Press Notes: The Killing

August 24, 2011

“Long before film noir became chic, Stanley Kubrick took its trenchant attitude to the limit . . . Read more »


The Killers Inside Me

By Chuck StephensAugust 18, 2011

Stanley Kubrick’s labyrinthine 1956 heist flickThe Killing—an exploded rethink of John Huston . . . Read more »


The Killing: Kubrick’s Clockwork

By Haden GuestAugust 15, 2011

Celebrated as Stanley Kubrick’s first mature film and made when he was only twenty-eight . . . Read more »

Film Essays

The Killing

By David EhrensteinOctober 31, 1988

One of the most ingenious and entertaining crime thrillers ever made, The Killing marks what . . . Read more »