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Critics continue to argue over whether this is the best film noir ever made but all seem united on one point – Kiss Me Deadly is the best adaptation of one of Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer novels. Now 50 years old, the film opens with a scene that still packs a punch – cynical private eye Mike Hammer picks up a girl hitchhiker wearing only a mac. Within minutes his car has been run off the road and a brutal gang is torturing the girl before killing her. The stage is set for Hammer, one of cinema’s great anti-heroes, to become avenging angel, visiting bad men in places high and low to find out whodunit and why. Ralph Meeker is perfect as Hammer, a dirty, lowdown man full of animal cunning, snide one-liners and little else, the ideal operator in a world that has gone to the bad. Director Robert Aldrich and ace cinematographer Ernest Laszlo back Meeker every frame of the way in a succession of blowsy, jaundiced nihilstic set-ups designed to bring out the very worst in every place and every person. And how do you finish off a film set in a world rotten from top to bottom. With a cleansing dose of nuclear apocalypse of course. That’s better.
© Steve Morrissey 2006

 

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Kiss Me Deadly (1955)
Run time: 106 min
Rating: 7.7
Genres: Film-Noir | Mystery | Thriller
Director: Robert Aldrich
Writers: Mickey Spillane, A.I. Bezzerides
Stars: Ralph Meeker, Albert Dekker, Paul Stewart
Trivia: A doomed female hitchhiker pulls Mike Hammer into a deadly whirlpool of intrigue, revolving around a mysterious “great whatsit.”
Storyline Tough L.A. private eye Mike Hammer gives a ride to Christina, a frightened young woman he finds running along the road one night. His car is run off the road by unseen thugs. Hammer is knocked out and Christina is tortured in an unsuccessful attempt to get information from her. They are put back into Hammer’s car which then is forced off a cliff. Hammer wakes up in the hospital. Velda, his trusty secretary, informs him that Christina is dead. Pat Chambers, Mike’s policeman friend, tells him to stay off the case, but Mike thinks it might be a big story–meaning big money for him–because the FBI is interested. He, Velda, and Nick, his garage mechanic friend, start investigating in hopes of finding out why Christina was killed. Written by alfiehitchie
Plot Keywords: mike hammer, secretary, hospital, mechanic, hitchhiker
Box Office Budget: $410,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend: $214 (USA) (2 May 2008)
Gross: $882 (USA) (13 June 2008)