The Honeymoon Killers The Honeymoon Killers

The Honeymoon Killers

Leonard Kastle

 
The Honeymoon Killers (Criterion DVD)

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  • United States
  • 1970
  • 107 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.85:1
  • English
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  • Spine #200

Martha Beck (Shirley Stoler) is sullen, overweight and heartbreakingly alone. Desperate for affection, she joins Aunt Carrie’s Friendship Club and strikes up a correspondence with Ray Fernandez (Tony Lo Bianco), a suave, charismatic smooth talker who could be the man of her dreams—or a wicked con artist bound for trouble. Based on a true story and filmed in documentary-style black and white, The Honeymoon Killers is a stark portrayal of the desperate lengths to which a lonely heart will go to find true love, from brutally immoral killings to a passion that transcends all bounds.

Cast

Martha BeckShirley Stoler
Ray FernandezTony Lo Bianco
Janet FayMary Jane Higby
BunnyDoris Roberts
Delphine DowningKip McArdle
Myrtle YoungMarilyn Chris
Mrs. BeckDortha Duckworth
Evelyn VardenBarbara Cason
Doris AckerAnn Harris

Credits

DirectorLeonard Kastle
ScreenplayLeonard Kastle
ProducerWarren Steibel
Associate producerPaul Asselin
EditingStan Warnow and Richard Brophy
SoundFred Kamiel
Music selected from the works ofGustav Mahler

Disc Features

  • New digital transfer, enhanced for widescreen televisions
  • New interview with writer/director Leonard Kastle
  • Illustrated essay by Scott Christianson (Condemned: Inside the Sing Sing Death House) on the true crime story of “Lonely Hearts Killers” Ray Fernandez and Martha Beck
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • New essay by critic Gary Giddins
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired
  • Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition

    New cover by Aesthetic Apparatus

Film Essays

The Honeymoon Killers

By Gary Giddins July 21, 2003

Rarely has schizophrenia been closer to the surface of American cinema than in the transitional period of 1969-71. Hollywood had just abandoned its censorship code after nearly thirty-five . . . Read more »

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Film Essays

The Honeymoon Killers

By Gary Giddins July 21, 2003

Rarely has schizophrenia been closer to the surface of American cinema than in the transitional period of 1969-71. Hollywood had just abandoned its censorship code after nearly thirty-five . . . Read more »