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The Killing is a 1956 Film Noir by Stanley Kubrick that follows the last heist of career criminal Johnny Clay. With 2 million dollars at stake in the racetrack counting room Clay sets up an elaborate plan to get the money and get everyone involved their share. At the time of the heist the film splits off to show the perspective of every character involved in the heist.

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 "None of these men are criminals in the usual sense. They've all got jobs, they all live seemingly normal, decent lives. But they've got their problems and they've all got a little larceny in them." - Johnny Clay

  • Senseless Violins: Johnny gets a gun into a motel room by hiding it in a guitar case.
  • Simultaneous Arcs: During the heist.
  • Star-Making Role: For Kubrick, whose previous work consisted of a few documentary shorts and two ultra-low-budget features. This film got Hollywood's attention.
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