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In this atomic adaptation of Mickey Spillane’s novel, directed by Robert Aldrich (What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, The Dirty Dozen), the good manners of the 1950s are blown to smithereens. Ralph Meeker (Paths of Glory, The Dirty Dozen) stars as snarling private dick Mike Hammer, whose decision one dark, lonely night to pick up a hitchhiking woman sends him down some terrifying byways. Brazen and bleak, Kiss Me Deadly is a film noir masterpiece as well as an essential piece of cold war paranoia, and it features as nervy an ending as has ever been seen in American cinema.

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CRITERION COLLECTION
Run Time:
106 minutes
Director:
Robert Aldrich
Number of Discs:
1
Region:
2
Brand:
The Criterion Collection

Kiss Me Deadly - The Criterion Collection

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Zavvi - The Home of Pop Culture

In this atomic adaptation of Mickey Spillane’s novel, directed by Robert Aldrich (What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, The Dirty Dozen), the good manners of the 1950s are blown to smithereens. Ralph Meeker (Paths of Glory, The Dirty Dozen) stars as snarling private dick Mike Hammer, whose decision one dark, lonely night to pick up a hitchhiking woman sends him down some terrifying byways. Brazen and bleak, Kiss Me Deadly is a film noir masterpiece as well as an essential piece of cold war paranoia, and it features as nervy an ending as has ever been seen in American cinema.

studio:
CRITERION COLLECTION
Run Time:
106 minutes
Director:
Robert Aldrich
Number of Discs:
1
Region:
2
Brand:
The Criterion Collection

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'They are the Nameless Ones after the Great Whatsit.'

One of the greatest film noirs fashioned from pulp fiction and hugely influential. Mike Hammer, a private investigator with a line in divource cases and setting up honey traps, is dragged into the case of the murder of a hitch-hiker he picked up. Thinking that he’s on the trail of a big pay day, he pushes into the case for the object that everybody is trying to find, ‘The Great Whatsit’. The violence in this film was shocking for the time, even if it’s largely off screen. It may be said that the plot involves a MacGuffin, but it’s a darker, alien one in design and concept then before, leading to a nightmare climax relating to the metaphor of Pandora’s box being opened onto the world and into American culture. Even though you can see how it’s been an influence on many different works, it still stands on its own as one of the best 1950’s films.

Top shelf noir

Great film, great set, a must own.