In Cold Blood
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Richard Brooks wrote and directed this stark black-and-white (with brilliantly evocative cinematography by Conrad Hall) study of two drifters who murder a family, based on Truman Capote'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 (Robert Blake) and Dick Hickock (Scott Wilson), 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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A probing, sensitive, tasteful, balanced and suspenseful documentary-drama."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Excellent quasidocumentary, which sends shivers down the spine while moving the viewer to ponder."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"[VIDEO ESSAY] Screenwriter-director Richard Brooks's faithful adaptation of Truman Capote's innovative 1966 "non-fiction novel," about a 1959 multiple homicide in Holcomb, Kansas, transcends the sensationalist source material."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Exquisitely photographed in wide-screen black-and-white by Conrad Hall."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A sociological crime drama that plays like a noose tightening around all our necks."
‑ James Verniere, Boston Herald
"Hall's bleak vision, his gift for working with darkness and rain, rivals classic film noir of the 1940s and '50s in its visual mastery."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"Brooks' great achievement in the film is to portray Smith and Hickock as the unexceptional, dim-witted, morally adrift losers they were."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Highlight of New American Cinema: Richard Brooks' superb, Oscar-nominated film is a chillingly effective version of Truman Capote's pioneering and influential novel."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Troubling tabloid headline story that already got the full art treatment from Capote."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Adaptação impecável do clássico de Capote, é um filme psicologicamente denso, soberbamente montado e dirigido e que traz Blake e Wilson em atuações inesquecíveis."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"In contrast to Capote, whose obsessive documentation of the pair's every act betrays his fear than he (and his readers) could well do something similar, Brooks explains and sympathises away their act as being unique to them."
‑ , Time Out
"An uneasy mixture of facile Freudianism and 40s expressionism."
‑ Don Druker, Chicago Reader
"One of the most creditable true-crime films ever made. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"...worth catching both for its inherent qualities and as a snapshot of Hollywood in transition."
‑ Andy Klein, Los Angeles CityBeat
"This movie is so good I moved to Kansas!"
‑ Michael A. Smith, Nolan's Pop Culture Review
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