The Killing
The Killing
Theatrical release poster

Directed by

Stanley Kubrick

Produced by

James B. Harris

Written by

Stanley Kubrick

Jim Thompson

Based on

"Clean Break"

Lionel White

Music by

Gerald Fried


Lucien Ballard

Editing by

Betty Steinberg

Running time

83 minutes

The Killing is a 1956 film noir directed and co-written by Stanley Kubrick. It was initially met with very poor box office results. The Killing has gained a cult following and was placed number 15 in a list of Top 25 Film Noirs. A number of critics also placed it in their year-end lists of the best 1956 films.


Career criminal Johnny Clay recruits a sharpshooter, police officer, bartender, and a betting teller named George for one last job before getting married to his fiancee, Fay. But George tells his wife, Sherry, about his scheme to steal money from a racetrack where he works, and she makes a plot of her own.


In 1957, The Killing won the BAFTA Award for Best Film.

Home videoEdit

In 2011, The Criterion Collection released The Killing on Blu-ray and DVD, with another Kubrick film, Killer's Kiss, being included as a special feature.