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Ralph Meeker Outstanding
Ralph Meeker is outstanding in Robert Aldrich's noir thriller Kiss Me Deadly. I highly recommend this film.
Kiss Me Deadly
- Dashiell Barnes
A masterful Cold War noir thriller. Meeker is perfect as the brutal "Mike Hammer (What a cool name)," as are Copper, Leachman & Rodgers as the films major "Dames." Director Aldrich makes a quick-paced adaptation of Spillane's trashy novel, filling it with poetry & a strange cavalcade of characters. An all around fantastic piece of film noir with an "explosive" ending. I give it a 4.5/5.
Wow poppa wow
- Oliver Cutshaw
One of the oddest movies from the 50's and one of the most fun and disturbing. Ralph Meeker is great. The Spillane touch is everywhere in this oddball assortment of crime drama and atomic age parable, with a lot of violence thrown in for good measure. It is sort of a Raymond Chandler story mutated into a nightmare. Goes beyond the Philip Marlowe wallowing in sin and retribution. Everything is even more sordid, morally compromised, and covered with atomic fall-out. I really like the use of the Nat King Cole song and just the whole jazzy feel to the proceedings. Film has strange but mostly effective uses of shadows and sound effects. The ending as most of us know is sort of a compromise that works and does not work. The whole movie reminds me of the line in Fred Astaire's Girl Hunt Ballet where he says "I hate hard!" The movie has an energy that is just this side of being a nightmarish spoof of the old trench coat detective stories. See if you get a chance.
- C. Renee Henning
The sound on this movie is just awful. From the very beginning when Christina's breathing goes on and on and on to the coroner screaming when Hammer closes his hand in the drawer. Oh, it's bad. Sound means a great deal in a movie. If it didn't, we wouldn't have awards for best scores.
For my money Ralph Meeker's portrayal of Mike Hammer is by far the best version of this character on film. He is amoral, sadistic and possibly a sociopath with few redeemable qualities aside from loyalty to a small group of friends. Meeker's ability to make us care about this scary private eye is a tribute to his acting talent. Also of note is the performance of Cloris Leachman in the role of the doomed hitchhiker. Aside from the ending which is a bit contrived, this is truly film noir at it's best. A sense of hopelessness and decadence permeates throughout the film and you feel like showering afterwards. Suffice to say you won't be inviting anyone from this film over for brunch.
Um filme muito bom que deixa um certo ar de mistério no ar e um dos melhores filmes noir produzidos. Não entendi o motivo deste filme não estar em DVD. Um filme que não decepciona quem vè.
Kiss Me Deadly (1955)
- Jay Higgins
This is a great example of how great and powerful a low budget film can be. One of the best film noir films ever, excellent cast, visually impressive and an unforgettable ending. Amazingly tense. Impressive to say the least.
Very different, and thoroughly enjoyable!
- Dave F.
This picture delivers quite a bit more than one would expect from from the typical "film noir" genre. The B&W photography, use of shadows, shots of indoor & outdoor stairways, has a haunting quality. Characters are well portrayed (all are eccentric in their own ways). The surprising amount of brutality for a 1955 movie, combined with the creepiness of what's in the box, and its release in the final scene, is enough to give this faint hearted viewer nightmares. Enjoy!!
Come on this movie swings!
- W. Pardlow
A tour de force is what this picture is! Over the top is putting it mildy. But this is Mickey Spillane were talking about here. Subtly isn't what's he's about. And the film is toned down from the book. Alrich's direction moves this picture at a rocket pace. The ending while it is contrived,is definately unforgetable. And Quentin Tarantino borrowed from this picture obviously. Now I have to go back and finish watching it cause its on right now! And later buy a copy.
Kiss Me Deadly
Contrived, slow paced and poorly acted. No wonder it was so badly received. I won't watch it the next time it's aired.