Sunday, February 21, 2010

#242 - Anatomy of a Murder

Breakdown: Anatomy of a Murder (1959). Novel written by John D. Voelker. Screenplay written by Wendell Mayes. Directed by Otto Preminger. Starring Jimmy Stewart, George C. Scott.

In a murder trial, the defendant says he suffered temporary insanity after the victim raped his wife. What is the truth, and will he win his case?

Review: On paper, Anatomy of a Murder has all the ingredients you might find in a sure-fire snoozer of a film: it's nearly three hours in length, black and white, a courtroom drama, and it takes place in Michigan's upper peninsula. Stay with us. Jimmy Stewart and George C. Scott sell their roles as battling attorneys so well, the movie becomes just as much about drawing your own conclusions as it is the verdict itself. It may be the closest you'll feel to being in a jury without having to sit in a courtroom. (This statement may be challenged later in the list, but for now...motion sustained.)

Favorite Quote: "As a lawyer, I've had to learn that people aren't just good or just bad, but people are many things..."


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