Hard-hitting detective Mike Hammer takes on thugs and atomic secrets in Robert Aldrich's fast-paced thriller. The night goes awry for Hammer soon after he picks up a scantily clad hitchhiker. The next thing he knows, he's assaulted by a couple of goons and the sultry drifter turns up dead. As Hammer tracks down the murderers, he realises he is involved in an international conspiracy; one that could cost him his life.
Generally considered to be the best of the many films centering on Mickey Spillane's classic protagonist and lauded as a primary inspiration and building block for the French Nouvelle Vague, Kiss Me Deadly boasts nightmarish imagery, a careening, sinuous plot, and an unforgettable shock ending.