Kiss Me Deadly

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Kiss Me Deadly
Condemned on its release as harmful to minors, Robert Aldrich’s late contribution to the B-noir tradition, by way of Mickey Spillane, couldn’t quite find its audience in 1955. But it now stands as a crucial influence on what would become the French new wave, an irresistibly seedy trip through the Los Angeles underworld, and a valuable artifact of Cold War anxiety. After a mysterious woman (debutante actress Cloris Leachman) flags down Mike Hammer (Ralph Meeker) on a highway and is subsequently murdered, the downmarket private dick reads this chance encounter as his ticket to the big time, and he sniffs out a trail of intrigue through many a gutter and back alley to an unbelievable secret. Cold, calculating, even downright nasty, the antihero Hammer would be focus-grouped right out of existence if he were screenwritten today. And with its delectable period detail and the magnificent compositions and rich depth of field achieved by Aldrich and his cinematographer, Ernest Laszlo, ‘Kiss Me Deadly’ demands to be seen on the big screen. Go now.

Release details

Rated: 12A
Release date: Friday June 16 2006
Duration: 106 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Robert Aldrich
Screenwriter: AI Bezzerides
Cast: Ralph Meeker
Albert Dekker
Maxine Cooper
Paul Stewart
Gaby Rodgers
Cloris Leachman
Jack Lambert
Wesley Addy
Nick Dennis
Marian Carr
Jack Elam
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peter

Saw movie at Randwick cinema Sydney in 1960. Dis oriented at times, and difficult to follow, the film is a however a watershed in Hollywood film makers, and the cinematograhy is first class. Some acting is poor thoigh fortuantely Ralph Meeker is excellent. Highly recommended.

peter

Saw movie at Randwick cinema Sydney in 1960. Dis oriented at times, and difficult to follow, the film is a however a watershed in Hollywood film makers, and the cinematograhy is first class. Some acting is poor thoigh fortuantely Ralph Meeker is excellent. Highly recommended.