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The Killing

Career criminal Johnny Clay (Sterling Hayden) recruits a sharpshooter (Timothy Carey), a crooked police officer (Ted de Corsia), a bartender (Joe Sawyer) and a betting teller named George (Elisha Cook Jr.), among others, for one last job before he goes straight and marries his fiancee, Fay (Coleen Gray). But when George tells his restless wife, Sherry (Marie Windsor), about the scheme to steal millions from the racetrack where he works, she hatches a plot of her own.

Release Date

May 19, 1956

Running Time

85 minutes

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Sterling Hayden

Sterling Hayden

Coleen Gray

Coleen Gray


Director Stanley Kubrick

Screenplay Stanley Kubrick, Jim Thompson

Producer James B. Harris

Cinematography Lucien Ballard

Editing Betty Steinberg

Music Gerald Fried

Distributor United Artists

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