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Title Kiss me deadly [videorecording] / Metro Goldwyn Mayer ; Victor Saville presents, Mickey Spillane's "Kiss me deadly" ; screenplay by A.I. Bezzerides ; produced and directed by Robert Aldrich ; a Parklane Picture released through United Artists.

Publication Info. [New York, N.Y.] : The Criterion Collection, [2011]


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Edition DVD special edition.
Description 1 videodisc (106 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in + 1 booklet (20 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 19 cm)
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Series Criterion collection ; 568
Criterion collection ; 568.
System Details DVD, region 1, widescreen (1.66:1) presentation; Dolby Digital, monaural.
Language English dialogue; English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing (SDH).
Cast Ralph Meeker, Albert Dekker, Paul Stewart, Juano Hernandez, Wesley Addy, Marion Carr, Marjorie Bennett, Fortunio Bonanova, Madi Comfort, Robert Cornthwaite, Nick Dennis, Jack Elam, Jesslyn Fax, Percy Helton, Jack Lambert, Mort Marshall, Strother Martin, James McCallion, Silvio Minciotti, Ben Morris, Paul Richards, James Seay, Leigh Snowden, Jerry Zinneman, Maxine Cooper, Cloris Leachman, Gaby Rodgers.
Credits Photographed by Ernest Laszlo ; film editor, Michael Luciano ; music composed and conducted by Frank DeVol ; "Rather have the blues" sung by Nat "King" Cole ; orchestrations by Albert Harris ; art director, William Glasgow ; set decorator, Howard Bristol ; sound, Jack Solomon.
Note Based on the novel by Mickey Spillane.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1955.
Audience MPAA rating: Not rated.
Summary While driving down a lonely road late one evening, Hammer picks up a beautiful blonde hitchhiker, dressed in nothing but a raincoat. At first, Hammer assumes that the incoherent girl is an escaped lunatic; his mind is changed for him when he and the girl are abducted by two thugs. The men torture the girl to death as the semiconscious Hammer watches helplessly. He himself escapes extermination when the murderers' car topples off a cliff and he is thrown clear. Seeking vengeance, Hammer tries to discover the secret behind the girl's murder.
Note Features: Audio commentary by film noir specialists Alain Silver and James Ursini; director Alex Cox on Kiss me deadly; "Mike Hammer's Mickey Spillane" documentary directed by Max Allan Collins; excerpts from The long haul of A.I. Bezzerides; "Bunker Hill, Los Angeles" video piece on film's locations by Jim Dawson; "Ending altered" truncated ending which was presented as the film's ending for three decades; Theatrical trailer. Booklet: "The thriller of tomorrow" by J. Hoberman; "You can't hang up the meat hook" by Robert Aldrich.
Subject Hammer, Mike (Fictitious character) -- Drama.
Private investigators -- New York (State) -- New York -- Drama.
Murder -- Investigation -- New York (State) -- New York -- Drama.
Women -- Crimes against -- New York (State) -- New York -- Drama.
Radioactive substances -- Drama.
Genre/Form Film noir.
Detective and mystery films.
Film adaptations.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Added Author Aldrich, Robert, 1918-1983. Producer. Director.
Saville, Victor, 1895-1979. Producer.
Bezzerides, A. I. (Albert Isaac), 1908-2007. Screenwriter.
Laszlo, Ernest. Cinematographer.
Luciano, Michael. Film editor.
DeVol, Frank. Composer. Conductor.
Cole, Nat King, 1919-1965. Singer.
Harris, Albert. Arranger.
Glasgow, William. Artistic director.
Bristol, Howard. Set designer.
Solomon, Jack. Sound designer.
Meeker, Ralph, 1920-1988. Actor.
Dekker, Albert, 1905-1968. Actor.
Stewart, Paul, 1908-1986. Actor.
Hernandez, Juano. Actor.
Addy, Wesley. Actor.
Carr, Marian, 1926- Actor.
Bennett, Marjorie, 1894-1982. Actor.
Bonanova, Fortunio, 1895-1969. Actor.
Comfort, Madi, 1923-2003. Actor.
Cornthwaite, Robert, 1917-2006. Actor.
Dennis, Nick. Actor.
Elam, Jack, 1920-2003. Actor.
Fax, Jesslyn, 1893-1975. Actor.
Helton, Percy, 1894-1971. Actor.
Lambert, Jack, 1920-2002. Actor.
Marshall, Mort, 1918-1979. Actor.
Martin, Strother, 1919-1980. Actor.
McCallion, Jimmy. Actor.
Minciotti, Silvio, 1882-1961. Actor.
Morris, Ben, 1921-1982. Actor.
Richards, Paul, 1924-1974. Actor.
Seay, James, 1914-1992. Actor.
Snowden, Leigh. Actor.
Zinneman, Jerry. Actor.
Cooper, Maxine. Actor.
Leachman, Cloris. Actor.
Rodgers, Gaby. Actor.
Hoberman, J, writer of supplementary textual content.
Motion picture screenplay based on (work): Spillane, Mickey, 1918-2006. Kiss me deadly
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, sponsoring body.
Parklane Pictures, Inc., production company.
United Artists (Firm), film distributor.
Criterion Collection (Firm), publisher.
Added Title Mickey Spillane's Kiss me deadly
Kiss me deadly (Motion picture).
ISBN 9781604654356
Standard No. 715515082815
Music No. CC2022D The Criterion Collection

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