The Killing (TV series)
Directed by Stanley Kubrick
Produced by James B. Harris
Written by Stanley KubrickJim Thompson
Based on Clean Break by Lionel White
Narrated by Art Gilmore (uncredited)[1]
Starring Sterling HaydenColeen GrayVince EdwardsJay C. FlippenElisha Cook Jr.Marie Windsor
Music by Gerald Fried
Cinematography Lucien Ballard
Editing by Betty Steinberg
Distributed by United Artists
Release date(s) May 20, 1956 (1956-05-20) (United States)
Running time 83 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $320,000[2]


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The Killing (TV series)

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The Killing is an American crime drama television series based on the Danish television series with the same English title, but known as Forbrydelsen (The Crime) in Danish. The American version was developed by Veena Sud and produced by Fox Television Studios and Fuse Entertainment. The series' first season, consisting of 13, hour-long episodes, premiered on the cable channel AMC on April 3, 2011, with a two-hour premiere.[1] On June 13, 2011, AMC ordered a second season, that will contain 13 episodes.[2]


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Set in Seattle, Washington, the series follows the police investigation, the grieving family and the suspects, after the homicide of a young girl, Rosie Larsen (Katie Findlay).[1] Each of the 13 episodes chronicles one day of the investigation.


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Main cast
Mireille Enos as Sarah Linden, the lead homicide detective
Billy Campbell as Darren Richmond, politician running for mayor of Seattle
Joel Kinnaman as Stephen Holder, Sarah's homicide detective partner
Michelle Forbes as Mitch Larsen, Rosie's mother
Brent Sexton as Stanley Larsen, Rosie's father
Kristin Lehman as Gwen Eaton, Darren's lover and his campaign adviser
Eric Ladin as Jamie Wright, Darren's campaign manager
Brendan Sexton III as Belko Royce, Stan's co-worker and close friend
Jamie Anne Allman as Terry Marek, Mitch's younger sister and Rosie's aunt
Annie Corley as Regi Darnell, a mother figure to Sarah who also helps take care of Sarah's son Jack
[edit]Recurring cast
Brandon Jay McLaren as Bennet Ahmed, a teacher at Rosie's high school
Callum Keith Rennie as Rick Felder, Sarah's fiancé
Kacey Rohl as Sterling Fitch, Rosie's best friend
Richard Harmon as Jasper Ames, Rosie's ex-boyfriend
Lee Garlington as Ruth Yitanes, local senator endorsing Darren's campaign
Liam James as Jack Linden, Sarah's son
Ashley Johnson as Amber Ahmed, Bennet Ahmed's wife
Garry Chalk as Lt. Michael Oakes, the detective's boss


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The pilot was ordered by AMC in January 2010, and then was picked up for a full series order in August 2010.[3][4] The series is filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia, and production began on the pilot episode on December 2, 2010.[5] The pilot is written by series creator and executive producer Veena Sud and is directed by Patty Jenkins.[4]
In contrast to the original Danish series, executive producer Veena Sud explained, "We're creating our own world. We are using the Danish series as a blueprint, but we are kind of diverging and creating our own world, our world of suspects and, potentially, ultimately who killed Rosie Larsen." Sud describes the series as "slow-burn storytelling in a sense that every moment that we don't have to prettify or gloss over or make something necessarily easy to digest, that we're able to go to all sorts of places that are honest, and dark, and beautiful and tragic, in a way that is how a story should be told."[6]


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The series premiere has received universal acclaim from critics.[7] Tim Goodman of The Hollywood Reporter gave the series a very positive review, calling it "excellent, absorbing and addictive. When each episode ends, you long for the next — a hallmark of great dramas." Goodman also praised Mireille Enos's performance as the lead character Sarah, saying "It's not until you watch Enos play Sarah for a while that it sinks in — there hasn't been a female American character like her probably ever."[8] Entertainment Weekly's Ken Tucker gave it a B+, saying "The acting is strikingly good" and that "Some viewers may find The Killing a little too cold and deliberate, but give it time. Its intensity builds steadily, giving the series unexpected power."[9] Alex Strachan of The Vancouver Sun says the series "is soaked in atmosphere and steeped in the stark realism of Scandinavian crime novelists Henning Mankell and Stieg Larsson" and that it "is not as much about a young girl's murder as it is a psychological study of what happens afterward, how a tight-knit community tries to recover and how a dead child's mother, father and siblings learn to deal with their pain in their own private ways."[10] Matt Roush of TV Guide applauded the series, calling the acting "tremendous" and that he "was instantly hooked by the moody atmosphere of this season-long murder mystery set in Seattle." He went on to say "What really stands out for me, in this age of cookie-cutter procedurals, is how The Killing dramatizes the devastation a violent death has on a family, a community, on the people involved in the investigation. Nothing about this show is routine."[11]
Subsequent episodes have been met with lesser praise by some critics, criticizing the show's reliance upon increasingly implausible red herrings to drive each episode, and the withholding of details about each characters' backgrounds, especially Rosie, thus making them difficult to relate with or empathize.[12][13]
The premiere was AMC's second-highest original series premiere following The Walking Dead. The premiere drew 2.7 million viewers and a 2 household rating. The two encores of the premiere episode brought the ratings of the premiere up to a total of 4.6 million total viewers and a 3.7 household rating.[14]
The series is nominated for three awards for the inaugural Critics' Choice Television Awards. It is nominated Best Drama Series while actresses Mireille Enos and Michelle Forbes are nominated for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress in Drama Series, respectively.[15]

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