'''''The Killing''''' is a 1956 {{Film Noir}} by Creator/StanleyKubrick that follows the last heist of career criminal Johnny Clay (Creator/SterlingHayden). With 2 million dollars at stake in the racetrack counting room Clay sets up an elaborate plan to get the money and get everyone involved their share. At the time of the heist the film splits off to show the perspective of every character involved in the heist.

"The Killing" has become a CultClassic and is considered to be Kubrick's first masterpiece.

The 1996 collaboration between musicians Music/JohnZorn and Music/EugeneChadbourne, "In Memory of Nikki Arane" (1996), is a reference to a character from ''The Killing'' and also featured on the cover.

!!'''Provides examples of:'''
* AlasPoorVillain: Johnny at the end, when his entire scheme is blown and he finds himself being confronted by two undercover policemen. His girlfriend urges him to run, but Johnny shamefacedly gives it up right there.
* AntiHero: Johnny Clay.
* AssholeVictim: Randy Kennan, Sherry, Val, and Val's gunman.
* TheBartender: Mike O'Reilly.
* BerserkButton: George gets two of these: When Sherry is implying to him that Johnny raped her, and when Sherry's lover, Val, tries to stick the criminals up, demanding to know where the money is as well as George the "jerk." George angrily responds with, "The jerk's right here!" and guns down Val and his assistant gunman.
* BriefcaseFullOfMoney: Bursts open at the worst possible time.
* TheCaper: The robbing of a racetrack counting room.
* ChekhovsGun: Sebastian the poodle.
* {{Chiaroscuro}}: Especially prominent in scenes with George Peatty.
* DeadpanSnarker: Sherry fits this trope to a T, especially in her first scene.
* DirtyCop: Officer Randy Kennan is part of the crew.
* FilmNoir: [[Creator/StanleyKubrick Stanley Kubrick's]] take.
* TheFilmOfTheBook: Based on the novel ''Clean Break'' by Lionel White.
* GeniusBruiser: Maurice Oboukhoff, played by professional wrestler Kola Kwariani, spends his time playing chess when he isn't holding his own against 6 or so mooks.
* GrievousBottleyHarm: Maurice gets a beer bottle cracked over his head during the fight. He doesn't even seem to notice.
* HenpeckedHusband: George.
* IneffectualSympatheticVillain: Elisha Cook, Jr. at his most Ineffectually Sympathetically Villainous.
* IronicEcho: "Just one big joke without a punchline..."
* KillEmAll: Only Johnny and Fay survive to the end of the movie, but Johnny is presumably captured by the police to pay the price for his crime. Maurice also lives, but not without a beating from about ''eight'' cops that he ''almost'' wins.
* LoanShark: Policeman Randy Kennan's reason for joining the caper.
* MalevolentMaskedMen: Johnny Clay wears a clown mask and hat at the climax of the caper.
* ManipulativeBastard: Sherry. She had poor George wrapped around her finger the entire time.
* {{Narrator}}: Done in a very serious ''Series/{{Dragnet}}'' style, with some unnecessary detail, like telling the audience that a character arrived at the bus station at exactly 11:19.
* NotSoHarmlessVillain: In hindsight, George actually kills the most people in the movie, shooting his wife's lover and his assistant gunman, as well as his own wife as revenge for her lurid affair.
* [[PunchClockVillain Punch Clock Villains]]: Everyone involved in the caper except Johnny Clay.
-->"None of these men are criminals in the usual sense. They've all got jobs, they all live seemingly normal, decent lives. But they've got their problems and they've all got a little larceny in them." - Johnny Clay.
* SenselessViolins: Johnny gets a gun into a motel room by hiding it in a guitar case.
* SexyDiscretionShot: Done with Johnny and his lover, Sherry and her lover, and Sherry and George.
* SimultaneousArcs: During the heist.
* TheStoic: Johnny.
* YourCheatingHeart: Sherry is cheating on George. It's not at all clear why she married him in the first place.