The Killer Inside Me (1976 film)

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The Killer Inside Me
DVD cover of the movie The Killer Inside Me.jpg
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Directed byBurt Kennedy
Produced byMichael W. Leighton
Written byJim Thompson (Novel)
Edward Mann
Robert Chamblee
StarringStacy Keach
Susan Tyrrell
Tisha Sterling
Music byTim McIntire
John Rubinstein
CinematographyWilliam A. Fraker
Edited byDanford B. Greene
Aaron Stell
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
October 1976
Running time
99 minutes
CountryUnited States

The Killer Inside Me is a 1976 American crime drama film directed by Burt Kennedy and based on Jim Thompson's novel of the same name.[1] In this adaption, the action was shifted from the west Texas oilfields to a Montana mining town, and several other changes made. It stars Stacy Keach, Susan Tyrrell, and Tisha Sterling.

A 2010 remake was directed by Michael Winterbottom.


Usually a law officer is a figure of trust in a small community. Unfortunately for the residents of a small Montana town, Lou Ford is an exception. Behind his easygoing, likeable shell is an intensely violent core resulting from an abusive childhood. In a diner one day Lou sees his dead father and hears voices, the first hint that he may have mental problems. When Lou gets involved with a local prostitute's blackmail schemes, the carefully crafted facade he maintains begins to unravel into a vicious killing spree that leads to a thought-provoking and disturbing conclusion.



Michael Winterbottom directed a 2010 remake of the film starring Casey Affleck as Lou Ford, Jessica Alba as Joyce Lakeland, and Kate Hudson as Amy Stanton. The 2010 version contains more details about the history of Ford and his brother as well as a somewhat different ending.


  1. ^ "The Killer Inside Me (1976) - Trailers, Reviews, Synopsis, Showtimes and Cast". AllMovie. Retrieved 2014-05-14.

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