April 17, 2009

Anatomy of a Murder

Title: Anatomy of a Murder
Year: 1959
Director: Otto Preminger
Writer: Wendell Mayes, based on the novel by John D. Voelker
Starring: James Stewart, Lee Remick, Ben Gazzara
Music: Duke Ellington
Distinctions: Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Actor (Stewart), Best Supporting Actor (Arthur O'Connell), Best Supporting Actor (George C. Scott), Best Cinematography (black-and-white) and Best Editing; currently #205 on IMDb's Top 250
Synopsis: a small-town lawyer defends a murder suspect
How I saw it: on video (rented from Netflix), August 2008
Subjective Rating: 7/10 (Good).
Objective Rating: 9/10 (1 point off for concept) c. 3.5/4 (Very good).

Nice movie. Somehow they managed to make a three hour legal drama that's good enough to hold my interest continuously. That is an impressive feat.

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