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The Killing Details


The Killing was director Stanley Kubrick's first major film effort -- though, like Kubrick's earlier films, it was economically produced with an inexpensive cast. In a variation of his Kubrick role, Sterling Hayden plays veteran criminal Johnny Clay, planning one last big heist before settling down to a respectable marriage with Fay (Colleen Gray). Teaming with several cohorts, Johnny masterminds a racetrack robbery. The basic flaw is that all the crooks involved are losers and small-timers who find themselves in way over their heads despite their supposed cleverness. None of the participants is more pathetic than George Peatty (Elisha Cook Jr.), who is goaded into the robbery by his covetous and far-from-faithful wife (Marie Windsor). As in a Greek tragedy, Johnny's best-laid schemes go awry. Prominently featured in the cast of The Killing are offbeat character actors Tim Carey and Joe Turkel, who'd show up with equally showy roles in future Kubrick productions. The Killing is based on the novel Clean Break by Lionel White. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:April 4, 1957


Awarded by
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Stanley Kubrick Best British Film 1956 Nominee


Sterling Hayden
as Johnny Clay
Coleen Gray
as Fay
Marie Windsor
as Sherry Peatty
Elisha Cook, Jr.
as George Peatty
Vince Edwards
as Val Cannon
Jay C. Flippen
as Marvin Unger
Ted de Corsia
as Randy Kennan
Joe Sawyer
as Mike O'Reilly
Timothy Carey
as Nikki Arane
Jay Adler
as Leo
Joe Turkel
as Tiny
William Benedict
as Airline Clerk
Tito Vuolo
James Edwards
as Parking Attendant
Dorothy Adams
James Griffith
Kola Kwarian
as Maurice Oboukhoff
James Edwards
as Parking Attendant
William Benedict
as Airline Clerk


Stanley Kubrick
James B. Harris
Lionel White
Book Author
Stanley Kubrick
Jim Thompson
Lucien Ballard
Gerald Fried
Composer (Music Score)
Betty Steinberg
Harry Reif
Set Designer
Rudy Harrington
Costume Designer
Earl Snyder
Sound/Sound Designer
David Koehler
Special Effects