Regarded by many critics as the ultimate film noir, and by many more as the finest movie adaptation of a book by Mickey Spillane, Kiss Me Deadly stars Ralph Meeker as Spillane’s anti-social private eye Mike Hammer. While driving down a lonely road late one evening, Hammer picks up a beautiful blonde hitchhiker, dressed in nothing but a raincoat. At first, Hammer assumes that the incoherent girl is an escaped lunatic; his mind is changed for him when he and the girl are abducted by two thugs. The men torture the girl to death as the semiconscious Hammer watches helplessly. He himself escapes extermination when the murderers’ car topples off a cliff and he is thrown clear. Seeking vengeance, Hammer tries to discover the secret behind the girl’s murder. Among those who cross his path are a slimy gangster, a turncoat scientist, and the dead woman’s sexy roommate. All clues lead to a mysterious box. Both the box and Hammer’s secretary are stolen by the villains, at which point Hammer discovers that the box contains radioactive material of awesome powers. The apocalyptic climax is doubly devastating because we’re never quite certain if Hammer survives. (allmovie.com)
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