Anatomy of a Murder

Directed By: Otto Preminger Starring: James Stewart

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When his flirtatious young wife claims she was raped, an army lieutenant kills her attacker and hires small town lawyer james stewart to defend him. Special features: subtitles in english, spanish, portuguese, chinese, korean and thai, photo montage, theatrical trailer, talent files, production notes and more.


Studio Sony
SKU 40136224
UPC 043396070196
UPC 14 00043396070196
Format DVD
Release Date 3/3/2009
Rating NR
Theatrical Release
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.
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
Otto Preminger
James Stewart
Cast & Crew
Arthur O'Connell - Actor
Ben Gazzara - Actor
Eve Arden - Actor
George C. Scott - Actor
Howard McNear - Actor
James Stewart - Actor
Joseph Welch - Actor
Kathryn Grant - Actor
Lee Remick - Actor
Murray Hamilton - Actor
Orson Bean - Actor
Robert Traver - Based On Novel By
Otto Preminger - Director
Sam Leavitt - Director of Photography
Duke Ellington - Musical Score
Otto Preminger - Producer
Wendell Mays - Screenplay
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1959
Catalog ID 07019
UPC 00043396070196
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 160 minutes
Color B&W
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Thai, Chinese
Available Audio Tracks English, Spanish Dubbed
Oscar (1960) James Stewart, Nominee, Best Actor,Sam Leavitt, Nominee, Best Black-And-White Cinematography,Louis R. Loeffler, Nominee, Best Film Editing,Arthur O'Connell, Nominee, Best Supporting Actor,George C. Scott, Nominee, Best Supporting Actor,Wendell Mayes, Nominee, Best Writing, Screenplay Based On Material From Another Medium
British Academy Awards (1960) James Stewart, Nominee, Best Foreign Actor,Joseph N. Welch, Nominee, Most Promising Newcomer
Grammy Awards (1960) Duke Ellington, Winner, Best Soundtrack Album
ReviewSource Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide
Review Long, exciting courtroom drama; daring when released... Stewart towers over all as witty, easygoing, but cagy defense lawyer.
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource The Motion Picture Guide
Review A slick, terse film noir production... The complex roles are handled with great skill, particularly by Gazzara as the callous, haughty accused, Remick as his sexpot wife, and Stewart and Scott, whose courtroom bantering and cleverness is a joy to behold.
ReviewRating 8
DVD, Pan and Scan (TV Format), Aspect Ratio 1.33:1, Mono Audio, English, Spanish, Korean, Subtitled, Black & White
Product Attributes
Actor Stewart,James
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Los Angeles Examiner What a movie!
Los Angeles Times One of the most extraordinary films ever made.

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