Not Rated | | Crime, Film-Noir, Mystery
A doomed female hitchhiker pulls Mike Hammer into a deadly whirlpool of intrigue, revolving around a mysterious "great whatsit".
Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.
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When Hammer is brought to the beach house for the first time by the 2 thugs and is trying to escape the ensuing brief chase and fight is shown in alternating close ups and from distance. The shots from distance clearly show different actors, stand-ins for the thugs than those playing them in the close-ups and throughout the movie.
Opening credits scroll backwards (down instead of up).
The restored ending was been included in a video edition of Kiss Me Deadly released in the USA in August 1997. The original ending was recovered by editor Glenn Erickson with help from author Alain Silver.
English, Italian, Spanish
$214 (USA) (4 May 2008)