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Director  Denis Sanders
Country  United States
5.8/10 IMDb

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Language  English
Crime and Punishment USA movie poster
Release date  November 1, 1959 (1959-11-01)
Based on  Crime and Punishment  by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Writer  Fyodor Dostoevsky (novel), Walter Newman
Tagline  Look Deep Into the Eyes of America's Violent Generation!

Crime and Punishment U.S.A. (1959) is an American feature film, directed by Denis Sanders, and is— as the New York Times put it, “a beat generation version”—of the novel Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky.

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The film was released on November 1, 1959, is 96 minutes in length, and shot in black-and-white. In addition to making some changes in the plot and characterizations, it sets the tale, not in 19th-century Russia, but in mid-20th-century Los Angeles. The script was written by Walter Newman, and stars George Hamilton, in his first screen role, as “Robert Cole,” the character based on Raskolnikov, the protagonist of the Russian novel.

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Cast

  • Mary Murphy as Sally
  • Frank Silvera as Lieutenant Porter
  • Marian Seldes as Debbie Cole
  • John Harding as Fred Swanson
  • Wayne Heffley as Rafe
  • Eve McVeagh as Mrs. Griggs
  • Tony Johnson as Mrs. Cole
  • Lew Brown as Sergeant Neil Samuels
  • George Hamilton as Robert
  • Len Lesser as Desk Officer
  • Production

    According to Hamilton, director Denis Sanders "saw his project as a tragedy for the Beat Generation" and cast Hamilton because of his similarity to Tony Perkins.

    The film was completed early in 1958 but took over a year to be released.

    Reception

    In his review in The New Republic, Stanley Kauffmann commented that “modern versions of classics are generally more clever than convincing because the very term ‘classic’ means a timeless work . . . that need not be transplanted.” Nonetheless, he continued, “by reason of its attendant skills and an innocent, unpretentious earnestness of address," Crime and Punishment U.S.A. "is a moderately interesting attempt to state the material of a vast symphony with a small jazz combination.”

    Roger Corman later said the film "lost me a lot of money."

    References

    Crime and Punishment U.S.A. Wikipedia
    Crime and Punishment U.S.A. IMDb Crime and Punishment USA themoviedb.org


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