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Director: Otto Preminger     Starring: James Stewart
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Product Details:

Format: DVD
Sku: 40136224
UPC: 043396070196
UPC 14: 00043396070196
Rating: NR
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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.

"What a movie!  Los Angeles Examiner
"One of the most extraordinary films ever made.  Los Angeles Times

Editor's 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.
Features
Video Features DVD, Pan and Scan (TV Format), Aspect Ratio 1.33:1, Mono Audio, English, Spanish, Korean, Subtitled, Black & White
Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Sony
Video Release Date Release Date: 3/3/2009
Video Play Time Running Time: 160 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1959
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 07019
Video UPC UPC: 00043396070196
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English, Spanish Dubbed
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Thai, Chinese
Video Color Spec Video: B&W
Cast & Crew
Video Cast Info Arthur O'Connell
Video Cast Info Ben Gazzara
Video Cast Info Eve Arden
Video Cast Info George C. Scott
Video Cast Info Howard McNear
Video Cast Info James Stewart
Video Cast Info Joseph Welch
Video Cast Info Kathryn Grant
Video Cast Info Lee Remick
Video Cast Info Murray Hamilton
Video Cast Info Orson Bean
Video Cast Info Robert Traver - Based On Novel By
Video Cast Info Otto Preminger - Director
Video Cast Info Sam Leavitt - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Duke Ellington - Musical Score
Video Cast Info Otto Preminger - Producer
Video Cast Info Wendell Mays - Screenplay
Plot 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.

Awards


Oscar (1960)
   Video Award Name James Stewart, Nominee, Best Actor
   Video Award Name Sam Leavitt, Nominee, Best Black-And-White Cinematography
   Video Award Name Louis R. Loeffler, Nominee, Best Film Editing
   Video Award Name Arthur O'Connell, Nominee, Best Supporting Actor
   Video Award Name George C. Scott, Nominee, Best Supporting Actor
   Video Award Name Wendell Mayes, Nominee, Best Writing, Screenplay Based On Material From Another Medium

British Academy Awards (1960)
   Video Award Name James Stewart, Nominee, Best Foreign Actor
   Video Award Name Joseph N. Welch, Nominee, Most Promising Newcomer

Grammy Awards (1960)
Video Award Name Duke Ellington, Winner, Best Soundtrack Album

Professional 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

Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide 8 of 10
Long, exciting courtroom drama; daring when released... Stewart towers over all as witty, easygoing, but cagy defense lawyer.

The Motion Picture Guide 8 of 10
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.

Product Attributes
Product attributeActor:   Stewart,James
Product attributeLabel:   Columbia/tri-Star
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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