USA suspense 1956 bw 84 min.
Director: Stanley Kubrick
CLV: out-of-print collectible
1 disc, catalog # CC1164L

Kubrick once said, "The feel of the experience is the important thing, not the ability to verbalize it." One of the few unquestioned masters still at work, Stanley Kubrick has put Criterion through its paces in six editions. A painstaking perfectionist, he has taught us as much about the feel of a great transfer--with his sense of cool precision and his obsession with technical detail--as he has taught audiences worldwide about their own fears, dreams, and desires.

This ingenious crime thriller marked director Stanley Kubrick as an up-and-coming talent when it debuted in 1956. Sterling Hayden stars as the criminal mastermind who has a horse shot during a crucial race to create a distraction while he robs the track's safe. Plans go awry when the greedy wife (Marie Windsor) of one of the crooks horns in on the deal. The exciting finale is full of Kubrick's delicious blend of suspense, dark humor, and violence.

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