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Anatomy of a Murder

drama, thrillers

When his flirtatious young wife (Lee Remick) claims she was raped, an army lieutenant (Ben Gazzara)kills her attacker and hires small-town lawyer James Stewart to defend him.

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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: It is the best courtroom melodrama this old judge has ever seen.

- Bosley Crowther, New York Times, Tuesday, May 20, 2003

Fresh: Otto at the top of his game.

- Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: Atypical of Hollywood court dramas of the era, Preminger's masterpiece is marked by moral ambiguity, dark visuals (b/w cinematography), great performance from Jimmy Stewart as a "loser" lawyer, one of the longest court trials, and objective camera.

- Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

4 stars

I generally loathe courtroom dramas - (so tired!) - but this is a real good one. Terrific use of locations and location sound. One of the goofiest trailers I've ever seen:

- brooklynspo, Monday, July 23, 2007

3 stars

Pretty edgy stuff for its time, but even in hindsight, the sexual politics feel awfully retrograde (good guy and bad alike seem to believe that, yes, there's a certain type of woman that does deserve rape). Also, am I the only one that thinks the ending would have been completely different in the real world? I can't discuss it without spoilers, but...yeah. Anyway, this is something of a barrier-breaker morally for its time, but not much more about it sets it apart from today's typical episode of Law and Order, short of its sweet soundtrack and a couple of strong performances. Lee Remick and George C. Scott really stand out, even despite the lesser offerings, like the prosecutor who is not George C. Scott and the judge, who is obviously trying too hard. Anatomy of a Murder is also really fucking long and not all that well paced and that subplot jaunt into Canada is completely, totally unnecessary. Despite the infirmities of technique, the movie still holds up fairly well and is definitely worth a watch, especially if you're a Jimmy Stewart fan.

- ceWEBrity, Wednesday, August 25, 2010

5 stars

If I am to give my opinion just in one word about this movie, then it would be - "EXCELLENT". However, there're some other points too that need to be noted while reviewing this movie. There are many loopholes in the story if you stick to logic, but as it wasn't any documentary, I found nothing wrong with it and feel that it was an out-and-out entertaining movie. And considering that it was released far back in 1959, I feel that it's much better than today's movies of this genre. This movie in Black and White is really superior to today's movies (decorated with special effects and use of latest technology; beautiful body but no soul) when it comes to entertainment. Even the execution is outstanding. It's really worth watching and worth enjoying. Simply fantastic. Just go for it, if you haven't already.

- imrealgod, Tuesday, January 6, 2009