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787 Ratings

In Cold Blood

Directed by Richard Brooks
United States, 1967
Crime, Drama


After a botched robbery results in the brutal murder of a rural family, two drifters elude police, in the end coming to terms with their own mortality and the repercussions of their vile atrocity.

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In Cold Blood Directed by Richard Brooks

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1968 | 4 nominations including: Best Director

National Board of Review

1967 | 2 wins including: Best Director

Directors Guild of America

1968 | Nominee: Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures

Writers Guild of America

1968 | Nominee: Best Written American Drama (Screen)

In the ten years since Pictures at a Revolution was published, one of the questions I’ve been asked most frequently is: what was the “sixth” Best Picture nominee, the film that finished just out of the running? . . . I have always suspected that In Cold Blood is the film that just missed. . . . To watch the film today is to see a thoughtful piece of work that is, in its way, the most emblematic of American studio movies circa 1967.
December 20, 2017
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One reason that Brooks’s film achieves a greater sense of a world than the book is the power that objects take on in being photographed. The printed words shoeprints and rope are generalizations; in the film, these shoeprints and this rope pronounce the verdict of reality on the killers.
November 18, 2015
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Not only was this the best film Brooks would ever make, but it’s unlike anything else coming out of Hollywood at the time—at once a throwback to the best American movies of the 1950s and on the cutting edge of what was happening and what was about to happen in world cinema.
November 18, 2015
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What are people saying?

  • Jason's rating of the film In Cold Blood

    IN COLD BLOOD is a crucial American film on par w/ something like THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES, w/ which it shares an uncustomary seriousness, on that account earning itself of a certain amount of license. Its amped-up naturalism foresees the 70s. Its diagnosis is socioeconomic + something extra. What is the something extra? Note that the film came out around the time David Lynch found himself in Philadelphia.

  • josé neves's rating of the film In Cold Blood

    35mm. In panavision, in the width of an admirable plastic conception (mainly due to Conrad Hall's cinematography) and intimately linked to its dramatic evolution, advancing to zones of increasing darkness, ending up in a dark hole that is humanity itself, the social that conditions, delimits and punishes it. As with the music, that evolves into an almost absolute silence, leaving only the rhythm of a heart to fade.

  • smndvdcl's rating of the film In Cold Blood

    Truman Capote's audacity to develop a non-fiction state-of-the-nation crime novel was ground-breaking in the 1960s, even if conjecture remained regarding the reliability of some deductions. Complete objectivity is almost impossible, even within non-fiction. This accompanying adaptation transcends its 40s noir influence with the potency of caustic realism. Indispensable alongside Seymour Hoffman's role as 'Capote'.

  • DrFirestone's rating of the film In Cold Blood

    Outstanding cinematography, especially the use of light and shadows, it looks so beautiful in black & white. Great performances from the two main characters. The film offers some tense and powerful moments...

  • Thomas's rating of the film In Cold Blood

    Superbly crafted and balanced film, an arresting, atmospheric, often brutal pursuit across American locales. The cinematography is stunning, with the high-contrast resolution and lighting making every frame as deeply captivating as a document of 60's Americana in its own right. Add to that Quincy Jones' evocative, timeless score and you have an impeccably shot, arresting and haunting piece of cinema.

  • VENIMOS LOS JODIMOS Y NOS FUIMOS's rating of the film In Cold Blood

    Guiòn del mismisimo Truman Capote. Historia veridica de 2 asesinos en serie, filmada en los lugares donde ocurrieron los sanguinarios hechos. Uno de los finales mas "shocking" del cine de los 60`s. El puro culto.

  • Graveyard Poet's rating of the film In Cold Blood

    Based on Truman Capote's book about the brutal murder of a family in Holcomb, Kansas by Perry Smith (Robert Blake) and Richard Hickok (Scott Wilson). Richard Brooks nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay/Director. Stark and stylish black-and-white cinematography by Conrad Hall (nominated for Best Cinematography). Jazzy, suspenseful score by Quincy Jones (nominated for Best Original Score). Disturbing ending.

  • Stefan Drees's rating of the film In Cold Blood

    Truman Capote did a great job in transforming his novel into a screenplay. Richard Brooks' powerful black and white photography is superb, and the feverish sound of Quincy Jones' music (which is - as convincing dramaturgical trick - substituted by the off-voice in the last part of the film) is an unforgettable ingredient of the atmosphere.

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