Anatomy of a Murder (Blu-ray) (Criterion Collection)

Directed By: Otto Preminger Starring: James Stewart

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Studio Criterion Collection
SKU 226688626
UPC 715515091411
UPC 14 00715515091411
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 2/21/2012
Keywords
Classic
Justice
Law/Lawyers
Mystery
Recommended
Theatrical Release
Thriller
Vintage
Editors Note
Note 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.
Plot Summary
Summary 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.
Reviews
USA Today "...One of the most enduring courtroom dramas ever....Lee Remick enjoyed a career breakthrough..." 06/30/2000 p.11E
Sight and Sound "...[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 p.62
Uncut "ANATOMY OF A MURDER from 1959, arguably Preminger's finest film, is also his most brazenly ambiguous." 05/01/2005 p.135
Entertainment Weekly "It's a daring, cynical gem." -- Grade: A- 02/24/2012
Directors
Otto Preminger
Actors
James Stewart
Cast & Crew
Murray Hamilton - Star
James Stewart - Star
Ben Gazzara - Star
Lee Remick - Star
Eve Arden - Star
George C. Scott - Star
Arthur O'Connell - Star
Orson Bean - Star
Duke Ellington - Composer
Boris Leven - Production Designer
Wendell Mayes - Writer
Howard Bristol - Set Designer
Otto Preminger - Producer
Sam Leavitt - Director of Photography
Louis Loeffler - Editor
Robert Traver - Source Writer
Otto Preminger - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1959
UPC 00715515091411
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 161 minutes
Color B&W
Features
Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1
Product Attributes
Video Format Blu-Ray

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