IN COLD BLOOD (1967) B/W widescreen 134m dir: Richard Brooks

w/Robert Blake, Scott Wilson, John Forsythe, Paul Stewart, Gerald S. O'Loughlin, Jeff Corey, John Gallaudet, James Flavin, Charles McGraw, Jim Lantz

From Variety's review of the film: "In the skillful hands of adapter-director-producer Richard Brooks, Truman Capote's In Cold Blood, the nonfiction novel-like account of two Kansas killers, becomes, on screen, a probing, sensitive, tasteful, balanced and suspenseful documentary-drama.

"Film has the look and sound of reality, in part from use of action locales in six states and non-pros as atmosphere players, the rest from Brooks's own filmmaking professionalism. Planned as a $3 million, 124-day pic, it came in for $2.2 million in 80 days.

"Heading the competent cast are Robert Blake and Scott Wilson, bearing a striking resemblance to the now-dead Kansas drifters who, in the course of a burglary on November 15, 1959, murdered four of a family. Almost six years later, after an exhausted appeals route, they were hanged. John Forsythe plays the chief investigator who broke the case.

"Brooks's screenplay and direction are remarkable, in that pic avoids so many pitfalls: it's not a crime meller, told either from the police or criminal viewpoint; it is not social tract against capital punishment; it is not cheap exploitation material; and it is not amateurish in technical execution, despite its realistic flavor."

Brooks was Oscar-nominated as Best Director and for his Adapted Screenplay. The film was also nominated for Best Cinematography (Conrad Hall) and Original Score (Quincy Jones).