In Cold Blood

In Cold Blood

Directed by Richard Brooks • 1967 • United States
Starring Robert Blake, Scott Wilson, John Forsythe

Truman Capote’s best seller, a breakthrough narrative account of real-life crime and punishment, became an equally chilling film in the hands of writer-director Richard Brooks. Cast for their unsettling resemblances to the killers they play, Robert Blake and Scott Wilson give authentic, unshowy performances as Perry Smith and Dick Hickock, who in 1959 murdered a family of four in Kansas during a botched robbery. Brooks brings a detached, documentary-like starkness to this uncompromising view of an American tragedy and its aftermath; at the same time, stylistically IN COLD BLOOD is a filmmaking master class, with clinically precise editing, chiaroscuro black-and-white cinematography by the great Conrad Hall, and a menacing jazz score by Quincy Jones.

In Cold Blood
  • In Cold Blood

    Directed by Richard Brooks • 1967 • United States
    Starring Robert Blake, Scott Wilson, John Forsythe

    Truman Capote’s best seller, a breakthrough narrative account of real-life crime and punishment, became an equally chilling film in the hands of writer-director Richard Brooks. Cast for their uns...

Extras

  • Robert Boyle and Conrad Hall on IN COLD BLOOD

    This piece by documentarian Daniel Raim features production designer Robert F. Boyle and cinematographer Conrad Hall in conversation about their work on Richard Brooks' 1967 film IN COLD BLOOD. 

  • Douglass K. Daniel on Richard Brooks

    Richard Brooks biographer Douglass K. Daniel talks about the path the IN COLD BLOOD director took from journalism to filmmaking in this interview, recorded in 2015.

  • John Bailey on Cinematography in IN COLD BLOOD

    Cinematographer John Bailey discusses the work of IN COLD BLOOD director of photography Conrad Hall in the following interview, conducted in 2015.

  • Gary Giddins on Quincy Jones

    In this interview, conducted in 2015, film critic and jazz historian Gary Giddins talks about composer and producer Quincy Jones and his score for IN COLD BLOOD.

  • Editing IN COLD BLOOD

    In the following interview, conducted in 2015, film historian Bobbie O'Steen talks about the work of IN COLD BLOOD editor Peter Zinner.

  • Richard Brooks on IN COLD BLOOD

    In this 1988 episode of the French television program “Cinéma cinémas,” director Richard Brooks looks back at the making of IN COLD BLOOD.

  • With Love From Truman

    When Truman Capote's book “In Cold Blood” was published in 1966, filmmakers David and Albert Mayseles shot the following interview with the author about his research into the case of the Clutter family murders and the “nonfiction novel” on which Richard Brooks’s IN COLD BLOOD is based.