Quotes in Noir: The Killing (1956)
One of my favorite noirs is The Killing (1956), Stanley Kubrick’s time-bending masterpiece about an intricately designed heist that goes terribly, terribly wrong. If you’ve never seen it, do yourself a solid and hunt down a copy, pronto.
Notwithstanding the film’s awesome ensemble cast and brilliant direction, two of the best things about the movie, for me, are Sterling Hayden, as the ringleader of the group that carries out the crime, and the awesome quotes, like this pearl of wisdom:
“The biggest mistake I made before was shooting for peanuts. Five years have taught me one thing: any time you take a chance, you better be sure the rewards are worth the risk, ‘cause they can put you away just as fast for a ten dollar heist as they can for a million dollar job.”