"In Cold Blood" is a tragic story of two men, Eugene Hickock and Perry
Edward, who murder an entire family in search of money and then find themselves
running from the law. While writing the book, Truman Capote used only facts to
create a novel out of an actual event. He had thousands of notes on the subject,
but his problem was making his book read like a novel. He accomplished this by
adding dialogue and describing characters feelings. This technique is used in
the film as well when flashbacks of characters childhoods are shown.
The different plots are handled very well in the movie. The main plot
obviously is the murders and the run from the law. Other subplots that are
shown are Smith's internal fight with his past in which his father deserted him,
and at one point, had a gun pointed to his head. Also there appears to be
tension between Smith and Hickock. They think differently at times, especially
when it comes to the discussion of the crime. You can't help but feel
sympathetic towards Smith, as it appears that he is forced into this by Hickock.
All characters in the movie were played well by the actors in my opinion. They
all seemed real and seemed to fit in with the setting and the time period.
I think that Hickock and Smith are not victims of forces beyond their
control, they are victims of, at least in Smith's case, a bad upbringing. The
two murderers have no direction in their lives. The only skills that Hickock
seems to know is how to steal things and how to write phony checks. Smith seems
more sane than Hickock, but all he has is his guitar and that is stolen in
Mexico. This is reason that these two resort to crime to solve their problems.
The film was very well structured in comparison to the book. Capote
purposely didn't tell the detailed version of the deaths until the end of the