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In Cold Blood Details

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[[Performer~P83159~Richard Brooks~richardbrooks]] wrote and directed this stark black-and-white (with brilliantly evocative cinematography by [[Performer~P93162~Conrad Hall~conradlhall]]) study of two drifters who murder a family, based on [[Performer~P84070~Truman Capote~trumancapote]]'s non-fiction novel In Cold Blood. The film takes place in Holcomb, Kansas, where four members of the Herbert Clutter family are roused from their sleep and brutally murdered. The killers, Perry Smith ([[Performer~P82061~Robert Blake~robertblake]]) and Dick Hickock ([[Performer~P76806~Scott Wilson~scottwilson]]), are two ex-cons who plan to rob the Clutters of $10,000 kept in a safe in their home. But Dick and Perry find no safe and no $10,000 and end up leaving the murder scene with only $43. The police, led by Alvin Dewey (John Forsythe) of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, try to track down the killers. Meanwhile, Dick and Perry take off to Mexico, where Perry has fantasies of prospecting for gold. But when his dreams of prospecting come to naught, Dick insists that they return to the United States. Confident that they have left no clues, they cash bad checks, and the police track them down in Las Vegas. During questioning, their alibis are broken when they are separated and tell conflicting stories. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

  • Release date:December 14, 1967

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
National Board of Review Richard Brooks Best Director 1967 Winner
Directors Guild of America Richard Brooks Best Director 1967 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Richard Brooks Best Director 1967 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Richard Brooks Best Adapted Screenplay 1967 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Conrad L. Hall Best Cinematography 1967 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Quincy Jones Best Original Score 1967 Nominee

Cast

Robert Blake
as Perry Smith
Scott Wilson
as Dick Hickok
John Forsythe
as Alvin Dewey
Paul Stewart
as Reporter, Jenson
Gerald O'Loughlin
as Harold Nye
Jeff Corey
as Hickock's Father
John Gallaudet
as Roy Church
James Flavin
as Clarence Duntz
Charles McGraw
as Mr. Smith
James Lantz
as Officer Rohleder
John McLiam
as Herbert Clutter
Ruth Storey
as Bonnie Clutter
Vaughn Taylor
as "Good Samaritan"
Duke Hobbie
as Young Reporter
Sheldon Allman
as Rev. Post
Ted Eccles
as Young Hitchhiker
Raymond Hatton
as Old Hitchhiker
Ronda Fultz
as Nancy's Friend
Al Christy
as Sheriff
Stan Levitt
as Insurance Man
Brenda Currin
as Nancy Clutter

Crew

Richard Brooks
Director
Richard Brooks
Producer
Richard Brooks
Screenwriter
Truman Capote
Book Author
Conrad L. Hall
Cinematographer
Quincy Jones
Composer (Music Score)
Peter Zinner
Editor
Jack Ahern
Art Director
Jack Ahern
Set Designer
Jack Martell
Costume Designer
Geza Gaspar
Special Effects
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