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|Robert Blake||Perry Smith|
|Scott Wilson||Richard 'Dick' Hickcock|
|John Forsythe||Alvin Dewey|
|Gerald S. O'Loughlin||Harold Nye|
|Jeff Corey||Mr. Hickock|
|John Gallaudet||Roy Church|
|James Flavin||Clarence Duntz|
|Charles McGraw||Tex Smith|
November 1959. Perry Smith (Robert Blake) and "Dick" Hickock (Scott Wilson) concoct a plan to invade the home of the Clutter family, as Mr. Clutter supposedly keeps a large supply of cash on-hand in a safe. While the two criminals felt that their plan for the robbery was sound, it quickly unravels, resulting in the murder of Mr. and Mrs. Clutter, as well as their two teenage children. The bodies are discovered the next day, and a police investigation is immediately launched. As the investigation builds, the two wanted men continue to elude law enforcement by heading south and crossing into Mexico, but after a while they return and decide to travel to Las Vegas to win some money at gambling; there they are arrested for parole violation, being in possession of a stolen car and passing bad checks.
The police separately interrogate the two men about the Clutter murders. Both Smith and Hickock admit to their check bouncing offenses, but deny knowing anything about the murders. Next the police confront them with evidence, such as a bloody footprint matching the boots worn by one of the men ("You boys signed your own work!"), but they are slowed by Smith's refusal to provide answers. The police claim that another mistake made by the men is that they left a witness. Finally, Hickock confesses and states that he does not want to be executed for the crime, claiming that Smith committed all of the murders. When Smith learns that Hickock confessed, he claims that it was Hickock who killed the entire family, not he.
Smith and Hickock are both found guilty of the crime and sentenced to be hanged. A representation of their final moments and their execution are presented at the conclusion of the film.
The story of the murders is told in flashback, or analepsis, after the arrest of the suspects.
Theatrical : 1967-12-14 : United States of America
DVD : 2003-09-23