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#308. Kiss Me Deadly

  • Year: 1955
  • Country: USA
  • Production: Parklane, United Artists, 106m B&W
  • Director: Robert Aldrich
  • Producer: Robert Aldrich
  • Screenplay: A.I. Bezzerides, from novel by Mickey Spillane
  • Photography: Ernest Laszlo
  • Music: Frank de Vol
  • Cast: Ralph Meeker, Maxine Cooper, Albert Dekker, Paul Stewart, Cloris Leachman

Abridged Book Description

Kiss Me Deadly is a thick-ear masterpiece, wrenched by director Robert Aldrich and screenwriter A.I. Bezzerides from Mickey Spillane's trash novel, shot through with poetry ("Remember Me" by Christina Rosetti), unspeakable violence (the kicking naked legs of a woman tortured vaginally with a pair of pliers), hopped-up street talk ("3D-Pow! Va-va-voom!"), strange characters, and fringe-fantastical elements.