Kiss of Death 1947

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Product Overview

In this stylistic thriller, a small-time thief (Victor Mature) must defend his family from a mobster he's testified against.


Studio Foxvideo
SKU 40724603
UPC 024543183532
UPC 14 00024543183532
Format DVD
Release Date 12/6/2005
Rating NR
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note A two bit thief (Mature) puts his family in untold danger when the district attorney convinces him to squeal on a fellow inmate at Sing Sing: the homicidal psychopath will stop at nothing to gain revenge. Academy Award Nominations: Best Supporting Actor--Richard Widmark, Best Original Story.
Plot Summary
Summary Two-time loser Nick Bianco is caught during an armed robbery and pressured by the Assistant District Attorney to squeal on his cohorts. Nick refuses, but after his wife commits suicide and his daughters are put in an orphanage, he relents and goes to work for the prosecutor. He gets paroled and straightens out his life, but when the D.A. needs him to roll over on Tommy Udo, Nick finds he has to deal with the psychopathic killer himself.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "Nick Bianco hadn't worked for a year. He had a record, a prison record. They say it shouldn't count against you. But when Nick tried to get a job, the same thing happened... So this is how Nick went Christmas shopping for his kids." (Opening narration, as Nick prepares to pull an armed robbery)
Quote "I wouldn't give you the skin off a grape." (Tommy Udo to Assistant District Attorney D'Angelo)
Quote "Your side of the fence is almost as dirty as mine." (Convict Nick Bianco, in the process of making a deal with Assistant District Attorney D'Angelo).
Quote "I'm askin' you: where's that squealin' son of yours?" (Tommy Udo to Rizzo's wheelchair-bound mother, just before he pushes her down the stairs)
USA Today "...One of the best photographed examples of postwar 20th Century-Fox film noir..." 12/14/1990 p.3D
Entertainment Weekly "Udo pushing a wheelchair-bound old lady down the stairs -- one of the most iconic moments in all noir -- is still chilling." -- Grade: B 12/09/2005 p.71-72
Uncut 5 stars out of 5 -- "Richard Widmark stole movie....Widmark plays evil like be-bop, becoming an eternal dark icon..." 11/01/2007 p.151
Sight and Sound "This is quintessential film noir, hardboiled, vicious but with pathos and lyricism too." 11/01/2007 p.86
Henry Hathaway
Richard Widmark
Victor Mature
Cast & Crew
Ben Hecht, et. al. - Writer
Brian Donlevy - Actor
Coleen Gray - Actor
David Buttolph - Original Music By
Eleazar Lipsky - Story By
Fred Kohlmar - Producer
Henry Hathaway - Director
J. Watson Webb - Editor
Norbert Brodine - Cinematographer
Richard Widmark - Actor
Victor Mature - Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1947
Catalog ID 2228353
UPC 00024543183532
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 98 minutes
Color B&W
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English, Spanish Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
Oscar (1948) Richard Widmark, Nominee, Best Actor in a Supporting Role,Eleazar Lipsky, Nominee, Best Writing, Original Story
Golden Globe (1948) Richard Widmark, Winner, Most Promising Newcomer - Male
DVD, Aspect Ratio 1.33:1, English, Spanish, Dubbed, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Mature,Victor
Label Fox Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD

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