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Basics Viewers:65Rusty:82
Category: Crime, Drama, Mystery/Noir/ThrillerNotable as: Film noirSub-Category: Cult film, Film noir, Thriller, Mystery, Crime Thriller, Film adaptation, Suspense, Crime Fiction, Drama, Detective fictionMain subject: Cold WarNarrative location: Los AngelesRuntime: 104 - 106 minutesColor: black-and-white filmLanguage: EnglishCountry: United StatesFilming location: MalibuDirector: Robert AldrichScreenwriter: A. I. BezzeridesBased on: Kiss Me, DeadlyMusic: Frank De VolCinematography: Ernest LaszloStars: Ralph Meeker, Paul Stewart, Albert Dekker, Cloris Leachman, Marion Carr, Nick Dennis, Jack Lambert, Jack Elam, Gaby Rodgers, Maxine Cooper Producer: Robert Aldrich, Victor SavilleAwards won: National Film RegistryAward details: (details at IMDb)

Kiss Me Deadly is a 1955 film noir drama produced and directed by Robert Aldrich starring Ralph Meeker. The screenplay was written by A.I. Bezzerides, based on the Mickey Spillane Mike Hammer mystery novel Kiss Me, Deadly. Kiss Me Deadly is often considered a classic of the noir genre. The film grossed $726,000 in the United States and a total of $226,000 overseas. It also withstood scrutiny from the Kefauver Commission, which called it a film designed to ruin young viewers, leading director Aldrich to protest the Commission's conclusions. Kiss Me Deadly marked the film debuts of both actresses Cloris Leachman and Maxine Cooper.

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