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Kiss Me Deadly

Kiss Me Deadly film poster
Directed by Robert Aldrich
Produced by Robert Aldrich
Written by Mickey Spillane (novel)
A. I. Bezzerides
Starring Ralph Meeker
Albert Dekker
Paul Stewart
Cloris Leachman
Maxine Cooper
Nick Dennis
Marion Carr
Jack Lambert
Jack Elam
Gaby Rodgers
Cinematography Ernest Laszlo
Distributed by United Artists
Release date(s) May 18, 1955
Running time 106 min.
(US, abridged version: 104 min.)
Country US
Language English
Budget $410,000 (est.)
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Kiss Me Deadly or properly Kiss Me, Deadly is a 1955 film 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. Spillane ordered Signet Books to pulp 50,000 copies of the book because they left the comma out.[1] Generation X were a pop-influenced punk rock band, formed on 21 November 1976 by Billy Idol, Tony James and John Towe. ... Kiss Me Deadly was the third and final full-length album from Generation X. In fact, the band shortened its name to Gen X for this release. ... Lita Ford (born September 23, 1958) is a rock musician who achieved high popularity during the 1980s. ... The factual accuracy of this article is disputed Lita is a performer in World Wrestling Entertainment. ... Image File history File links Kiss Me Deadly File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Robert Aldrich (August 9, 1918 – December 5, 1983) was a United States film director, writer and producer notable for a number of films including What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte, and The Dirty Dozen. ... Frank Morrison Spillane (March 9, 1918 – July 17, 2006), better known as Mickey Spillane, was an American author of crime novels, many featuring his signature detective character, Mike Hammer. ... A.I. Bezzerides, (August 9, 1908—January 1, 2007), was an American novelist and screenwriter, best known for writing action motion pictures. ... Meeker as Mike Hammer in Kiss Me Deadly Ralph Meeker (November 21, 1920 - August 5, 1988) was a film actor who appeared as Mike Hammer in Kiss Me Deadly. ... Albert Pekker (born December 20, 1905 in Brooklyn, New York; died May 5, 1968 in Hollywood, California) is an American character actor. ... Paul Stewart was a movie actor who appeared in Citizen Kane, Edge of Doom and the film noir classic Kiss Me Deadly. ... Cloris Leachman (born April 30, 1926) is an Academy Award, nine-time Emmy and Golden Globe winning American actress of stage, film and television. ... Actor Nick Dennis in Sirocco (1951) Nick Dennis (April 26, 1904-November 14, 1980) was a film actor born in Thessaly, Greece. ... Lambert in Kiss Me Deadly Jack Lambert (April 13, 1920-February 18, 2002) was an American character actor born in Yonkers, New York specializing in playing movie tough guys and heavies. ... Jack Elam (November 13, 1920 — October 20, 2003) was an American film actor. ... Gaby Rodgers is an actress and theatre director. ... Ernest Laszlo (April 23, 1898–January 6, 1984) was an American cinematographer. ... This article is about the film studio. ... is the 138th day of the year (139th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1955 Gregorian calendar). ... Motto: (Out Of Many, One) (traditional) In God We Trust (1956 to date) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington D.C. Largest city New York City None at federal level (English de facto) Government Federal constitutional republic  - President George Walker Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence from... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... The year 1955 in film involved some significant events. ... This article is about motion pictures. ... Robert Aldrich (August 9, 1918 – December 5, 1983) was a United States film director, writer and producer notable for a number of films including What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte, and The Dirty Dozen. ... Meeker as Mike Hammer in Kiss Me Deadly Ralph Meeker (November 21, 1920 - August 5, 1988) was a film actor who appeared as Mike Hammer in Kiss Me Deadly. ... A.I. Bezzerides, (August 9, 1908—January 1, 2007), was an American novelist and screenwriter, best known for writing action motion pictures. ... Frank Morrison Spillane (March 9, 1918 – July 17, 2006), better known as Mickey Spillane, was an American author of crime novels, many featuring his signature detective character, Mike Hammer. ... Mike Hammer is a fictional American detective created by the American author Mickey Spillane in the 1947 book I, the Jury (made into a movie in 1953 and 1982). ... New American Library (aka NAL) began publishing paperbacks in the 1940s. ...


Kiss Me Deadly is considered a classic of the film noir genre. References (usually to the glowing briefcase) appear in such diverse films as Steven Spielberg's Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), Alex Cox's Repo Man (1984), Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction (1994) and David Lynch's Lost Highway (1997). This still from The Big Combo (1955) demonstrates the visual style of film noir at its most extreme. ... Steven Spielberg (born December 18, 1946)[1] is an American film director and producer. ... Raiders of the Lost Ark, also known as Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, is a 1981 adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg, produced by George Lucas and starring Harrison Ford. ... // January 19 - Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer acquires beleaguered concurrent United Artists. ... Alexander Morton Cox (b. ... For other uses, see Repo Man (disambiguation). ... // Events The Walt Disney Company founds Touchstone Pictures to release movies with subject matter deemed inappropriate for the Disney name. ... Quentin Jerome Tarantino (born March 27, 1963) is an American film director, actor, and Oscar winning screenwriter. ... Pulp Fiction is a 1994 film by director Quentin Tarantino, who cowrote the film with Roger Avary. ... The year 1994 in film involved some significant events. ... For other persons named David Lynch, see David Lynch (disambiguation). ... For the Bon Jovi album, see Lost Highway (album). ... The year 1997 in film involved some significant events. ...


In 1999, Kiss Me Deadly was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". The National Film Registry is the registry of films selected by the United States National Film Preservation Board for preservation in the Library of Congress. ... Construction of the Thomas Jefferson Building, from July 8, 1888 to May 15, 1894. ...


The film grossed $726,000 in the States and a total of $226,000 overseas.

Contents

Plot

Meeker plays Mike Hammer, a tough Los Angeles private eye who is just slightly less brutal and corrupt than the crooks he chases. Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... A private investigator, private detective, PI, or private eye, is a person who undertakes investigations, usually for a private citizen or some other entity not involved with a government or police organization. ...


One evening, Hammer gives a ride to Christina (Cloris Leachman), an attractive hitchhiker he picks up on a lonely country road. Thugs waylay them and force his car to crash. When Hammer returns to semi-consciousness, he hears Christina being tortured until she dies. Hammer, both for vengeance and in hopes that "something big" is behind it all, decides to pursue the case. Cloris Leachman (born April 30, 1926) is an Academy Award, nine-time Emmy and Golden Globe winning American actress of stage, film and television. ...


It develops that "the great whatsit" (as Hammer's assistant Velda (Maxine Cooper) calls it) at the center of Hammer's quest is a small, mysterious valise that is hot to the touch and contains a dangerous glowing substance. It is ultimately revealed to be stolen radionuclide material, which in an apocalyptic final scene apparently reaches explosive criticality when the box is fully opened. A radionuclide is an atom with an unstable nucleus, which is a nucleus characterized by excess energy which is available to be imparted either to a newly-created radiation particle within the nucleus, or else to an atomic electron (see internal conversion) . The radionuclide, in this process, undergoes radioactive decay... A criticality accident (also sometimes referred to as an excursion or power excursion) occurs when a nuclear chain reaction is accidentally allowed to occur in fissile material, such as enriched uranium or plutonium. ...


Alternate Ending

The original American release of the film shows Hammer and Velda escaping from the burning house at the end, running into the ocean as the words "The End" come over them on the screen. Sometime after its first release, the ending was crudely altered on the film's original negative, removing over a minute's worth of shots where Hammer and Velda escape and superimposing the words "The End" over the burning house. This implied that Hammer and Velda perished in the atomic blaze, and was often interpreted to represent the End of the World. In 1997, the original conclusion was restored. The DVD release has the correct original ending, and offers the now-discredited (but influential) truncated ending as an extra.


Critical Reviews

Critical commentary generally views it as a metaphor for the paranoia and nuclear fears of the Cold War era in which it was filmed.[2][3][4] Although a leftist at the time of the Hollywood blacklist, Bezzerides denied any conscious intention for this meaning in his script ("I was having fun with it. I wanted to make every scene, every character, interesting")[5] This article is about metaphor in literature and rhetoric. ... For other senses of this word, see paranoia (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Cold War (disambiguation). ... Left wing redirects here. ... blacklisting is gay ...


Differences from the Novel

The original novel, while providing much of the plot, is about a Mafia conspiracy and does not feature espionage and the nuclear suitcase, elements added to the film version by the scriptwriter, Al Bezzerides. This article is about the criminal society. ... Spy and Secret agent redirect here. ... A.I. Bezzerides, (August 9, 1908—January 1, 2007), was an American novelist and screenwriter, best known for writing action motion pictures. ...


It further subverted Spillane's book by portraying the already tough Hammer as a narcissistic bully, the darkest of anti-hero private detectives in the film noir genre. He apparently makes most of his living by blackmailing adulterous husbands and wives, and he takes an obvious sadistic pleasure in violence, whether he's beating up thugs sent to kill him, breaking an informant's treasured record collection, or roughing up a coroner who's slow to part with a piece of information. Bezzerides wrote of the script: "I wrote it fast because I had contempt for it ... I tell you Spillane didn't like what I did with his book. I ran into him at a restaurant and, boy, he didn't like me".[6]. In literature and film, an anti-hero is a central or supporting character that has some of the personality flaws and ultimate fortune traditionally assigned to villains but nonetheless also have enough heroic qualities or intentions to gain the sympathy of readers or viewers. ... A 12-inch record (left), a 7-inch record (right), and a CD (above) Two 7 singles (left), two colored 7 singles (middle), and two 7 singles with large spindle holes (right). ...


Trivia

  • The opening song is I'd Rather Have the Blues by Nat King Cole.
  • The movie is referenced in the Steely Dan song Green Book.
  • This movie was supposed to be remade with Michael Mann producing and Robert Rodriguez directing but the project never went through.
  • Mike Hammer's apartment building is at 10401 Wilshire, Los Angeles, CA (northwest corner of Wilshire and S. Beverly Glen).
  • Spillane was unimpressed with previous actors who had played Mike Hammer on film. Spillane wrote, produced, and filmed a screen test for the real life model for Hammer, ex-Marine and former Newburgh, New York policeman Jack Stang for the film.[7]

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References

  1. ^ http://books.guardian.co.uk/obituaries/story/0,,1823306,00.html
  2. ^ [Nuclear-powered nastiness: It's one of the darkest noirs ever made. But, says Alex Cox, the classic Kiss Me Deadly is a parable at heart, Alex Cox, The Guardian, June 16, 2006
  3. ^ Visions of Empire: Political Imagery in Contemporary American Film, Stephen Prince, Praeger/Greenwood, 1992, ISBN 0275936627
  4. ^ Anti-Communism and Popular Culture in Mid-Century America, Cynthia Hendershot, McFarland & Company, 2003, ISBN 0786414405
  5. ^ A. I. BEZZERIDES obituary, Tom Vallance, The Independent, London, January 20, 2007
  6. ^ AI Bezzerides: Screenwriter victim of the Hollywood blacklist, he is renowned for three classic American film noirs, obituary, Ronald Bergan, The Guardian, February 6, 2007.
  7. ^ Pronzini,Bill & Adrian, Jack Hardboiled: An Anthology of American Crime Stories p.336 Oxford University Press 1997

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Kiss Me Deadly - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (335 words)
Kiss Me Deadly is a 1955 film produced and directed by Robert Aldrich starring Ralph Meeker.
Kiss Me Deadly is considered a classic of the film noir genre.
In 1999, Kiss Me Deadly was deemed "culturally significant" by the United States Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.
Kiss Me Deadly (1955) (1354 words)
Based on Mickey Spillane's novel of the same title, Kiss Me Deadly follows the hard-fisted exploits of Mike Hammer, a character with the dubious distinction of being the harshest, least sympathetic of the seminal hard-boiled detectives.
Kiss Me Deadly seems to make the argument that only the cynical, the corrupt or the criminal can survive in the ethical wasteland of post-bomb L.A. At the same time, it is a line from one of Rossetti's sonnets that holds the muddled key to the mystery of the great whatzit.
In the world of Kiss Me Deadly, the objective truth that the whazit represents is a wholly untenable concept.
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