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The Killing [DVD]

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  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Filmed in on location at the Golden Gate Racetrack in San Francisco and at Chaplin Studios in California. Estimated budget: $330,000. The film was shot in 24 days. THE KILLING premiered as the second half of a double feature; Richard Fleischer's BANDIDO! was the main film. Director Stanley Kubrick formed a production company with James B. Harris, Harris-Kubrick Pictures, before making this film. Kubrick and Harris bought the rights to the Lionel White novel for $10,000. The union would not allow Kubrick to serve as the cameraman, so he oversaw Lucien Ballard's work very closely. DAY OF VIOLENCE and BED OF FEAR were both working titles for the film. Jack Palance and Victor Mature were both considered for the part that went to Sterling Hayden. Kubrick took no fee as director of the film. The target horse was named Red Lightning, running in the seventh race, the $100,000 Added Landsdowne Stakes. Rodney Dangerfield appears as an extra in the racetrack fight scene. One of the horses in the race in which all of the characters are called to a meeting is Stanley K, named for the director. Joe Turkel, here playing a hood, played eerie Lloyd the bartender in Kubrick's THE SHINING. United Artists originally wanted CLEAN BREAK as a vehicle for Frank Sinatra. Sterling Hayden was paid $40,000 for his lead role. Art director Ruth Sobotka was Kubrick's wife at the time. Kubrick delayed filming in order to to wait until actress Marie Windsor was finished with another film, Roger Corman's SWAMP DIAMONDS.
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 907706

  • Credits
    Sterling Hayden, John Hamilton, Elisha Cook, Timothy Carey, Tim Carey, Timothy Agoglia Carey, Coleen Gray, Doris Jensen, Vince Edwards, Vincent Edward Zoimo, Jay C. Flippen, Marie Windsor
  • Critic Reviews
    "...Sterling Hayden and a great second-rung cast -- Vince Edwards, Elisha Cook Jr., Marie Windsor, Timothy Carey and more -- are sizzling as a litany of losers..."
    USA Today

    "...This is bravura filmmaking. It's not just the formal brilliance that makes the film so distinctive, but the affection and wry humor with which Kubrick portrays his low-life protagonists..."
    Sight and Sound

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