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Jim Thompson pulp novels make it to the screen
List creator: eifert
Created on: July 4, 2004 - 3:18 PM PDT
Description: In Thompson's twisted world, everyone is guilty, and the worst crimes are unpunishable.

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The Grifters (1990)
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  Perfect blend of a Jim Thompson novel, and a Richard Stark screenplay. The combo is dynamite.
After Dark, My Sweet (1990)
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  About as good as so-called Neo-Noir got. Bruce Dern is at his creepy best.
Coup De Torchon (Criterion Collection) (1981)
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  Based on POP. 1280, this is the best translation of one of Thompson's work
The Killer Inside Me (1976)
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  Forgotten movie starring Stacy Keach. Follows the novel almost word for word. Looks very 70s though.
The Getaway (Deluxe Edition) (1972)
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  Steve McQueen and Ali McGraw star as modern day bank robbers on the lamb.
The Getaway (1994)
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  Inferior remake of the 72 film. In some ways, though, this one moves along at a more brisk pace.
Paths of Glory (Criterion) (1957)
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  Screenplay by Thompson and not based on one of his novels. What "Saving Private Ryan" tried to be.
The Killing (Criterion) (1956)
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  Thompson wrote the crackling dialog for this Kubrick film. It's a great piece of pulp crime fiction.

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