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Kiss Me Deadly

Robert Aldrich

Kiss Me Deadly (Criterion Blu-Ray)


1 Disc

SRP: $39.95

Criterion Store price:$31.96

  • United States
  • 1955
  • 106 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.66:1
  • English
  • Spine #568

In this atomic adaptation of Mickey Spillane’s novel, directed by Robert Aldrich, the good manners of the 1950s are blown to smithereens. Ralph Meeker stars as snarling private dick Mike Hammer, whose decision one dark, lonely night to pick up a hitchhiking woman sends him down some terrifying byways. Brazen and bleak, Kiss Me Deadly is a film noir masterwork as well as an essential piece of cold war paranoia, and it features as nervy an ending as has ever been seen in American cinema.


Mike HammerRalph Meeker
Dr. SoberinAlbert Dekker
Carl EvelloPaul Stewart
Eddie YeagerJuano Hernandez
NickNick Dennis
Pat MurphyWesley Addy
FridayMarion Carr
VeldaMaxine Cooper
ChristinaCloris Leachman
CarverGaby Rodgers


DirectorRobert Aldrich
ProducerRobert Aldrich
Executive producerVictor Saville
ScreenplayA. I. Bezzerides
Music composed and conducted byFrank DeVol
Orchestrations byAlbert Harris
MakeupBob Schiffer
Casting supervisorJack Murton
SoundJack Solomon
Assistant to the producerRobert Sherman
Assistant directorRobert Justman
EditingMichael Luciano
Set decoratorHoward Bristol
Art directorWilliam Glasgow
Production supervisorJack R. Berne
Photographed byErnest Laszlo
“Rather Have the Blues” sung byNat “King” Cole

Disc Features

  • New high-definition restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Audio commentary by film noir specialists Alain Silver and James Ursini
  • New video tribute from director Alex Cox
  • Excerpts from The Long Haul of A. I. Bezzerides, a 2005 documentary on the Kiss Me Deadly screenwriter
  • Mike Hammer’s Mickey Spillane, a 1998 documentary about the life and work of the author
  • Video pieces on the film’s locations
  • Controversial altered ending
  • Theatrical trailer
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by critic J. Hoberman and a 1955 reprint by director Robert Aldrich

    New cover by F. Ron Miller


Big Screen

Press Notes

Press Notes: Best of 2011

January 13, 2012

It’s the time of year when the list makers do their heavy lifting, looking back over the preceding twelve months and deciding what was best and brightest. We’re happy to report that some of our . . . Read more »

Press Notes

Press Notes: Kiss Me Deadly

July 07, 2011

“If film noir were to be forgotten, Robert Aldrich’s frenzied 1955 masterwork, Kiss Me Deadly, might serve as the supreme reminder of what the genre had been,” writes Richard Brody in a New . . . Read more »


Yellow Fever

July 07, 2011

Kiss Me Deadly poster, original U.S. release, 1955. Read more »

Behind the Scenes


The Great Whozits

By Chuck Stephens June 27, 2011

A rogue’s gallery of vituperative 1950s vixens and night-world tough-guy gargoyles all coalescing in a constellation of twinkling cold war lights, Robert Aldrich’s Kiss Me Deadly is a film of a . . . Read more »


Kiss Me Deadly: The Thriller of Tomorrow

By J. Hoberman June 20, 2011

Baroque and brutal, Robert Aldrich’s prime pulp is the coldest piece of cold war paranoia you’ll ever get your meat hooks on. Read more »

Three Reasons

Other Editions

Kiss Me Deadly (Criterion DVD)


1 Disc

SRP: $29.95

Criterion Store price:$23.96