• In Cold Blood (1967)

In Cold Blood

Release Date: 1967

DVD Release Date: September 23rd, 2003

R |2 hr 14 min

Plot Summary

In this adaptation of Truman Capote's seminal true-crime novel, ex-convicts Perry Smith (Robert Blake) and Richard "Dick" Hickock (Scott Wilson) hatch a plan to rob a wealthy Kansas family, the Clutters. The men enter the Clutter home expecting to find a safe filled with cash, but in fact find no money at all. Enraged, they kill the entire family and flee. While on the run, they face not only the realities of their terrible crime but also their own earthly impermanence.

Cast: Robert Blake, Scott Wilson, John Forsythe, Paul Stewart, Gerald S. O'Loughlin, Jeff Corey, Will Geer, John Gallaudet

Director: Richard Brooks

Genres: Docudrama

Production Co: Columbia Pictures Corporation

Keywords: Pursuit, Murder, Dark, Prison, 1950s, 1960s, Revenge, Family

Ratings & Reviews

  • 90
    Kenneth TuranLos Angeles Times

    The most memorable section of the film is the chilling quarter-hour devoted to the apprehension and eventual murder of the Clutter family. Captured in unblinking, neo-documentary detail, it freezes the blood just as they did all those decades ago. show more

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    Fantastically powerful despite its flaws. (Review of Original Release) show more

  • 100
    The New York Times

    Excellent quasidocumentary, which sends shivers down the spine. (Review of Original Release) show more

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Nominated Music (Original Music Score)
Nominated Cinematography
Nominated Writing (Screenplay - Based on Material From Another Medium)
Nominated Directing
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Drama