Kiss Me Deadly (Criterion Collection)
Blood red kisses! White hot thrills! Mickey Spillane’s latest H-bomb!
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- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 46 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: June 21, 2011
- Originally Released: 1955
- Label: Criterion Collection
- 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:
|Performer:||Albert Dekker, Paul Stewart, Cloris Leachman, Maxine Cooper, Gaby Rodgers, Jack Elam, Strother Martin & Jack Lambert|
|Directed by||Robert Aldrich|
|Edited by||Michael Luciano|
|Screenwriting by||A.I. Bezzerides|
|Composition by||Frank De Vol|
|Art Direction by||William Glasgow|
|Produced by||Robert Aldrich|
|Director of Photography:||Ernest Laszlo|
|Executive Production by||Victor Saville|
Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer represents the deformed endproduct of a thousand 1940s tough-guy movies, transformed by now into a leisure-oriented 1950s man more interested in his hi-fi and his sports car than in heroics. Full Review
The New York Review of Books
Rating: 3.5/4 -- The plot of the book is jettisoned for something altogether more terrifying and mysterious: Possession of a box that glows from within every time it is opened, however briefly. If that sounds like Pulp Fiction, well, it is, only 40 years earlier. Full Review
Rating: 4/4 -- It's not a horror movie by any means, but like a good horror movie it has images and tiny loose ends that make sense on a subconscious level. Full Review
San Francisco Chronicle
The trail leads to a series of amorous dames, murder-minded plug-uglies and dangerous adventures that offer excitement but have little clarity to let the viewer know what's going on. Full Review
Hollywood more or less anticipated David Lynch in this crazy Cold War masterpiece...
The actors' idiosyncratic voices, wrapped around such chrome-plated poetry as "the great whatsit" and "va-va-voom," are as hauntingly musical as Aldrich's images. Full Review
Aldrich's annihilating masterpiece, one of the decade's key works Full Review
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.
Detectives | Mystery | Suspense | Thriller | Film Noir | Recommended | Theatrical Release | Essential Cinema
- 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.
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