Monday, February 16, 2009

In Cold Blood Award-Winning Film Adaptations



In Cold Blood is a 1967 film based on Truman Capote's book of the same name. The film stars Robert Blake as Perry Smith, Scott Wilson as Richard "Dick" Hickock, and John Forsythe as Alvin Dewey. Although the film is in parts faithful to the book, Brooks created a fictional character, "The Reporter" (played by Paul Stewart).

This was also the first commercially released film in the US to use the word 'shit'. The film was nominated for four Academy Awards: Director, Original Score, Cinematography and Adapted Screenplay.

Capote is a 2005 biographical film about Truman Capote on a writing assignment for The New Yorker. Philip Seymour Hoffman won several awards, including the Academy Award for Best Actor, for his critically acclaimed portrayal of the title role. The film follows the events during the writing of Capote's non-fiction book In Cold Blood. The movie itself was based on the biography called Capote by Gerald Clarke.


In Cold Blood: A Legacy, in Photos April 3, 2005...
A few photo captions...

photo of a painting of Jesus that killer Perry Smith made while in the Kansas State Penitentiary at Lansing.

Among evidence still at the Finney County Sheriff's office in Garden City is a boot worn by killer Perry Smith.

Truman Capote's photo hangs in the lobby of the Wheat Lands motel in Garden City, Kan.

Nancy Ewalt was one of two close friends who discovered Nancy Clutter's body Sunday morning, Nov. 15, 1959.

Prison guards accompany Perry Smith, at left in suit coat, and Richard Hickock, right, as they head to the federal courthouse in Topeka to make their last appeal.

Kansas Bureau of Investigation agent Alvin Dewey Jr. didn't smile often during the stressful investigation of the Clutter family murders. He did, though, just after New Year's Day, 1960, when he told journalists about the capture of the two killers, Perry Smith and Richard Hickock.
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