Born to Kill

Born to Kill
Born to Kill
  • UR
  • 1h 32m
  • 1947
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Helen Brent knows Sam Wild is more than a social climber who married her wealthy foster sister. He's a remorseless killer. And yet she finds his brash confidence, square-shouldered good looks and constant aura of menace completely irresistible. Versatile director Robert Wise (The Day the Earth Stood Still, The Sound of Music, West Side Story) shows his film-noir chops with this dark gem, whose mix of heiress sisters, stone-hearted men, needy hangers-on and inexplicable but inevitable love plays like a soap opera that refuses to wash itself clean. Walter Slezak portrays the verse-quoting shamus. And Claire Trevor and Lawrence Tierney portray the illicit lovers who play with fire...and burn their names forever into film-noir lore.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Reel Film Reviews
David Nusair

...a fairly typical film-noir premise that's employed to watchable yet entirely unmemorable effect...

June 25, 2017
Lessons of Darkness
Nick Schager

Competent if slightly too tame for a supposedly sleazy story.

June 21, 2017
Combustible Celluloid
Jeffrey M. Anderson

Hard to watch, but effective and alluring nonetheless.

June 21, 2017
James Plath

The most charismatic moments actually come from veteran screen 'heavy' Walter Slezak, whose perfor...

June 21, 2017
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:May 3, 1947
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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