- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 46 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: June 21, 2011
- Originally Released: 1955
- Label: Criterion
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Note: Audio Commentary by Film Noir Specialists Alain Silver and James Ursini
- New video tribute by Director Alex Cox
- Excerpts from The Long Haul of A.I. Bezzerides, a 2005 Documentary on the Kiss Me Deadly Screenwriter
- Mike Hammer's Mickey Spillane, a 1998 Documentary about the life and work of the author
- Video pieces on the film's locations
- Controversial altered ending
- Theatrical Ending
- Plus: a Booklet featuring an Essay by critic J. Hoberman and a 1955 reprint by Director Robert Aldrich
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.66
Performers, Cast and Crew:
USA Today - 08/15/1997
"Hollywood more or less anticipated David Lynch in this crazy Cold War masterpiece..."
Hard-hitting detective Mike Hammer (Ralph Meeker) takes on thugs and atomic secrets in Robert Aldrich's fast-paced thriller KISS ME DEADLY, an adaptation of the Mickey Spillane novel. The night goes awry for Hammer soon after he picks up a scantily clad hitchhiker (Cloris Leachman). The next thing he knows, he's assaulted by a couple of goons and the sultry drifter turns up dead. As Hammer tracks down the murderers, he realizes he is involved in an international conspiracy--one that could cost him his life. Generally considered to be the best of the many films centering on Spillane's classic protagonist and lauded as a primary inspiration and building block for the French Nouvelle Vague, KISS ME DEADLY boasts nightmarish imagery, a careening, sinuous plot, and an unforgettable shock ending.
Mike Hammer investigates the murder of a knockout blonde and ends up neck-deep in a sinister conspiracy.
Essential Cinema |
Film Noir |
Theatrical Release |
- KISS ME DEADLY was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1999.
- Additional cast includes: Marian Carr (Friday); Jerry Zinneman (Sammy); Madi Comfort (Night Club Singer); James McCallian (Super); James Seay (FBI Man); Mara McAfee (Nurse); Jesslyn Fax (Mrs. Super) and Mort Marshall.
- Aspect ratio 1.85:1.