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A Classic Crime Film,
This review is from: In Cold Blood [DVD] (DVD)
'In Cold Blood' is on my list of top 10 favourite movies of all time. Unknown to many, certainly not as famous as the book, but the film is a riveting and powerful drama. If you have already read and enjoyed the best-selling book by Truman Capote, you will surely enjoy the film adaption.
This is the original black and white version filmed in 1967, starring a young Robert Blake and Scott Wilson, both actors are excellent in their roles as the crazed, complex murderers Perry Smith and Dick Hickock.
This is a film that really grabs your attention from the very beginning and holds it throughout the entire two hours. Staying true to the book, the movie really gives you an insight into the murderers' minds and makes the viewer understand how both men were actually very different people and two different kinds of killer altogether.
The movie was very well laid out. The viewer is firstly introduced to the main characters who carried out the crime and then after the crime has been committed the movie covers the trial. The actual killings of the doomed, respectable middle-class Clutter family are highly disturbing scenes and had me on the edge of my seat. The movie is filmed in beautiful black-and-white and has very good cinematography.
The attention to detail is brilliant, most scenes were actually filmed on the locations of the original events, including the place where Smith and Hickock were executed, and the Clutter residence, where they committed the murders.
'In Cold Blood' is a very clever film, a must-see for all lovers of crime drama and definitely worth repeated viewings.