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In Cold Blood

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  • In Cold Blood
  • AKA:
    "Truman Capote's In Cold Blood"
  • Author: Truman Capote and Richard Brooks
  • Director: Richard Brooks
  • Producer: Richard Brooks
  • Year: 1967
  • Country: US
  • 134 minutes
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Based upon the first 'non-fiction novel' by Truman Capote, the film showcase the murder of the four members of the Clutter family by two unknown assailants -- ultimately leading to the duo's capture, sentencing and imprisonment prior to execution,

Qvamp says:

The homosexuality in this film is extremely subtle, but considering it was created before Stonewall, and during the time where movies were controlled by the Production Code, when you look for it, it stands out.

The film is from a novel by Truman Capote written in 1965, which was written about the actual murders of the Clutter family in 1959. The book is often considered the first non-fiction novel, and the peak of Capote's career.

Capote was gay, and many of his stories include an obvious gay element. Interestingly, though this film delves into the lives of two convicts that are purported to have had a sexual relationship with each other; no mention is made of homosexuality.

Taking this aspect into account, the film culminates in Smith, one of the two, having an explosive reaction to Hickock trying to rape the 16-year-old Clutter daughter.

This motive is a deduction, and is not a part of the film. Instead, the two criminals are submitted to the death sentence for having slaughtered a family, without an understanding as to why they did it (other than blood lust).

Overall, this is an intriguing film, containing gay content from a time where gay content was not allowed.

Rating B+
Queer Vampire Rating F
Amount of Gay Content same-sex relationship


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