The Killing Before he blew moviegoers' minds with 2001: A Space Odyssey , A Clockwork Orange , and The Shining , Stanley Kubrick cut his teeth on… The Killing Before he blew moviegoers' minds with 2001: A Space Odyssey , A Clockwork Orange , and The Shining , Stanley Kubrick cut his teeth on…
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The Killing

Sterling Hayden, The Killing | DARING CROOK Sterling Hayden in The Killing
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DARING CROOK Sterling Hayden in The Killing
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Details Genres: Drama, Mystery and Thriller; With: Sterling Hayden; Distributor: United Artists (MGM)

Before he blew moviegoers' minds with 2001: A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange, and The Shining, Stanley Kubrick cut his teeth on The Killing (1956, Not Rated, 1 hr., 25 mins.) — a down-and-dirty heist film now out on a dazzlingly crisp and spotless Criterion Blu-ray. Jumping back and forth in time the way Reservoir Dogs would decades later, this hard-boiled gem about a deliriously intricate racetrack robbery stars the wonderfully gruff Sterling Hayden and is plotted with the kind of Swiss-watch precision and attention to detail that would eventually get Kubrick labeled Hollywood's most notorious perfectionist. If you're looking for a reason to upgrade to Blu-ray, here you go. A

Originally posted Aug 10, 2011 Published in issue #1168-1169 Aug 19, 2011 Order article reprints