Cradle of fear

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German title Cradle of fear
Original title Montana
Country of production United States
original language English
Publishing year 1998
length 92 minutes
Age rating FSK 18
Director Jennifer Leitzes
script Erich Hoeber ,
Jon Hoeber
production Sean Cooley ,
Zane W. Levitt ,
Mark Yellen
music Cliff Eidelman
camera Ken Kelsch
cut Norman Buckley

Cradle of Fear (Original Title: Montana ) is an American crime film directed by Jennifer Leitzes from 1998 .


Claire Kelsky is a professional killer who works for the organization led by Boss . She falls from grace and is tasked by Boss with the search for his girlfriend Kitty, who has gone into hiding. Jimmy, the son of their boss, accompanies them.

Kelsky finds Kitty, who - already in Kelsky's care - kills Jimmy during an attempted rape. Kelsky is afraid of the anger of their organization and flees.


The film was shot in New York City . Its production amounted to an estimated 4 million US dollars . The film had its world premiere on January 16, 1998 at the Sundance Film Festival .


Dan Jardine wrote in the Apollo Movie Guide that Kyra Sedgwick is a good actress - she fills the character played with intelligence, which, however, does not correspond to that of the script. Robbie Coltrane's talents are wasted in his one-dimensional role. The debut director Jennifer Leitzes worked with "respectable" actors who had too little to do and say. As a result, the film remains at the level of a "failed Tarantino clone". Some scenes are static; the dialogues are not interesting enough.

“A classic gangster story, which the director uses for an existential intimate play to tell a tender love story against the background of a rough world. A film with an unobtrusive melancholy that explodes its subject by giving cause for thought about external determinations and incurable diseases. "

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Filming locations for Montana, accessed July 24, 2007
  2. ^ Box office / business for Montana, accessed July 24, 2007
  3. Montana premiere dates, accessed July 24, 2007
  4. ^ Dan Jardine: Montana. In: Archived from the original ; accessed on September 26, 2017 (English).
  5. Cradle of Fear. In: Lexicon of International Films . Film service , accessed September 26, 2017 .Template: LdiF / Maintenance / Access used