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Anatomy of a Murder
- James Stewart

Overview - Director Preminger thrives in tense legal showdowns and this is perhaps his best, mostly for Stewart's cagey performance as a deceptively wily small-town lawyer. The sensationalist trial revolves around an army lieutenant who shoots a bar owner for allegedly raping his wife, an ugly crime in which no one is wholly guilty or innocent.  Read more...

 
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Overview

Director Preminger thrives in tense legal showdowns and this is perhaps his best, mostly for Stewart's cagey performance as a deceptively wily small-town lawyer. The sensationalist trial revolves around an army lieutenant who shoots a bar owner for allegedly raping his wife, an ugly crime in which no one is wholly guilty or innocent. Based on Robert Travers' novel. Score (and onscreen appearance) by Duke Ellington. Academy Award Nominations: 7, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor--James Stewart, Best (Adapted) Screenplay.

Cast List

Boris Leven - Production Designer
Orson Bean - American TV/Film Actor
Dallas Burrows - American TV/Film Actor
Duke Ellington - American Musician/Composer
Duke Ellington and Orchestra - American Musician/Composer
Edward "Duke" Ellington - American Musician/Composer
Murray Hamilton - American Character Actor
James Stewart - Oscar-winning actor, THE PHILADELPHIA STORY, VERTIGO, HARVEY
Jimmy Stewart - Oscar-winning actor, THE PHILADELPHIA STORY, VERTIGO, HARVEY
Ben Gazzara - American Actor
Lee Remick - American actress, DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES
Otto Preminger - Director/Producer/Actor
Otto Ludwig Preminger - Director/Producer/Actor
Sam Leavitt - American Director of Photography/Cinematographer
Louis Loeffler
Robert Traver - Writer/Judge
Eve Arden - American actress, STAGE DOOR, MILDRED PIERCE, GREASE
George C. Scott - American Actor/Director
George Campbell Scott - American Actor/Director
Arthur O'Connell - Character Actor, FANTASTIC VOYAGE, ANATOMY OF A MURDER
Wendell Mayes
Howard Bristol - Set Decorator

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 161
  • Color Format: B&W
  • UPC: 715515091510
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: UN
  • Release Date: February 2012

Related Categories:
Movies > Dramas

Related Keywords:
Classic
Law/Lawyers
Mystery
Justice
Thriller
Vintage
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Synopsis:
Director Preminger thrives in tense legal showdowns and this is perhaps his best, mostly for Stewart's cagey performance as a deceptively wily small-town lawyer. An army lieutenant shoots a bar owner for allegedly raping his wife. A trial ensues, in which his attempts to convince the jury that the lieutenant is innocent of first degree murder because of he was the victim of an "irresistible impulse." The plot is complicated by the nature of the criminal and defendants, none of whom is purely good or evil, but who all have a complex relationship to the law and to society.

Notes:
Joseph N. Welch, who plays the judge in the film, was the lawyer (he later became a judge) who defended the Army against Senator Joseph McCarthy in 1954 during his anti-communist witch hunt. The book on which the film is based was written by a judge, The Honorable Robert Traver. At the time of release in 1959, the film contained some words that viewers found daring, such as "contraceptive" and "spermatogenesis." Shot on location in Michigan.

Reviews:
"...One of the most enduring courtroom dramas ever....Lee Remick enjoyed a career breakthrough..." - 06/30/2000 USA Today, p.11E


"...[An] immaculate courtroom drama....The performances of James Stewart and George C. Scott as opposing attorneys remain a benchmark in the genre..." - 03/01/2002 Sight and Sound, p.62


"ANATOMY OF A MURDER from 1959, arguably Preminger's finest film, is also his most brazenly ambiguous." - 05/01/2005 Uncut, p.135


"It's a daring, cynical gem." -- Grade: A- - 02/24/2012 Entertainment Weekly

 
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