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In Cold Blood Overview:

In Cold Blood (1967) was a Crime - Drama Film directed by Richard Brooks and produced by Richard Brooks.

In Cold Blood was inducted into the National Film Registry in 2008.

Academy Awards 1967 --- Ceremony Number 40 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best CinematographyConrad HallNominated
Best DirectorRichard BrooksNominated
Best Music - ScoringQuincy JonesNominated
Best WritingRichard BrooksNominated
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Short Cuts 6: In Cold Blood (1967)

By Aaron West on Dec 8, 2015 From Criterion Blues

Dec 8 Posted by aaronwest Aaron West and David Blakeslee talk about Richard Brooks’ 1967 adaptation of the popular Truman Capote “Non-fiction Novel,” In Cold Blood. We talk about the actual crime itself and how the perpetrators are portrayed, whether accurately or not, the wide re... Read full article


Short Cuts 6: In Cold Blood (1967)

By Aaron West on Dec 8, 2015 From Criterion Blues

Dec 8 Posted by aaronwest Aaron West and David Blakeslee talk about Richard Brooks’ 1967 adaptation of the popular Truman Capote “Non-fiction Novel,” In Cold Blood. We talk about the actual crime itself and how the perpetrators are portrayed, whether accurately or not, the wide re... Read full article


Short Cuts 6: In Cold Blood (1967)

By Aaron West on Dec 8, 2015 From Criterion Blues

Dec 8 Posted by aaronwest Aaron West and David Blakeslee talk about Richard Brooks’ 1967 adaptation of the popular Truman Capote “Non-fiction Novel,” In Cold Blood. We talk about the actual crime itself and how the perpetrators are portrayed, whether accurately or not, the wide re... Read full article


Offbeat Blu-ray Review: In Cold Blood – The Criterion Collection

By Devon Powell on Nov 18, 2015 From Hitchcock Master

Spine # 781 Distributor: Criterion Collection (USA) Release Date: November 17th, 2015 Region: Region A Length: 2:14:40 Video: 1080P (MPEG-4, AVC) Main Audio: 5.1 English DTS-HD Master Audio (48 kHz, 3731 kbps, 24-Bit) Subtitles: English Ratio: 2.35:1 Bitrate: 24.50 Mbps Notes: This title is also av... Read full article


In Cold Blood (1996 TVM)

By John Grant on Mar 2, 2014 From Noirish

US, Canada / 180 minutes / color with some bw / Pacific Motion, CBS Dir: Jonathan Kaplan Pr: Tom Rowe Scr: Benedict Fitzgerald Story: In Cold Blood (1966 “nonfiction novel”) by Truman Capote Cine: Peter Woeste Cast: Anthony Edwards, Eric Roberts, Sam Neill, Leo Rossi, Louise Latham, Gwen... Read full article


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Quotes from

Perry: I despise people who can't control themselves.


Dick: Next move... Mexico. Once we beat it out of the country.
Perry: On what? $43 and a smile and bullshit.
[First use of the word 'bullshit' in a Hollywood film]
Dick: You guessed it, chief. It's the smile that does it. Like it says in the commercials, the family that sticks together lives forever.


Perry: [to himself, looking in a bathroom mirror] Stick 'em up!
Perry: Hey, buddy!
Perry: [realizing he's being watched] How long you been standin' there?
Dick: Long enough to catch your late late show.


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Facts about

The "Jenson"/"Narrator" characters are based on the author himself, Truman Capote. Capote went to Kansas soon after the murders to cover the manhunt and to interview those who knew the Clutter family. After the apprehension and conviction of killers Perry Smith and Dick Hickock, Capote became a major part of the killers' lives while they were on death row, forming a particularly close bond with Smith. Smith gave most of his belongings - drawings, books - to Capote. Capote was present at the executions and witnessed the carrying-out of Hickock's sentence, but couldn't bear to watch Smith die, and left the room before he was brought in.
To get the authenticity he wanted, Richard Brooks filmed in all the actual locations including the Clutter house (where the murders took place) and the actual courtroom (6 of the actual jurors were used). Even Nancy Clutter's horse Babe was used in a few scenes. The actual gallows at the Kansas State Penitentiary were used for filming the executions, however, in a 2002 interview, Charles McAtee (who was State Corrections Director for Kansas in the 1960's), clarified the hangman in the film was an actor, not the real deal.
The first mainstream American film to include the expletive "bullshit" in its dialog (see Quotes section).
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