#243: The Killing (1959)

When and how did I watch this?

August 26th, 2015, on Amazon Prime.

Had I seen this film already?


What did I know about the movie before watching it?

Kubrick, and a heist gone terribly wrong.  I had high expectations.

What do I know about it now?

It’s clear that Kubrick knew what he was doing from the start.  The movie built like few I’ve seen. I also discovered that bad guys in the 50s don’t win, even if you want them to.

What are some themes in the film?

Betrayal, marriage, human behavior and error. Kubrick plays with the element of time on several occasions.

Did this affect me personally?

Remined me of Ocean’s Eleven.  The final fifteen minutes are hard to forget.

Why is this ranked #243?

Genius writing puts it ahead of other films of its kind.  There are certainly better films like it, but it owns the other seven ranked below it.

Did my wife watch/like it?

Yep.  “I feel like throwing up” was said during a particularly tense scene.  That was a good thing, in context.

Would I watch it again?


Would I recommend it to a friend?


Does it deserve to be on this list as one of the greatest films of all time?

Oh yes.  I’m eagerly awaiting upcoming Kubrick films, if this is the “worst”.  Besides “Departures”, this is the only one that cannot be off this list.

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