Anatomy of a Murder (1959) [RE-UP]

Anatomy of a Murder (1959) [RE-UP]

Anatomy of a Murder (1959)
Anatomia di un omicidio - Autopsie d'un meurtre - Anatomía de un asesinato - Anatomie eines Mordes
A Film by Otto Preminger
DVD9 | VIDEO_TS | PAL | 1,85:1 | 16:9 | 720x576 | 02:34:02 | 5% Recovery | 7.1 Gb
Languages Available: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish AC3 2.0 @ 192 Kbps
Subtitle: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Danish, Arabic, Czech, Portuguese
Finnish, Greek, Bulgarian, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Norwegian, Polish, Swedish, Turkish
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery | Nominated for 7 Oscars. Another 9 wins & 11 nominations

In the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, small-town lawyer Paul Biegler (James Stewart), a former district attorney who lost his re-election bid, spends most of his time fishing, playing the piano and hanging out with his alcoholic friend and colleague Parnell McCarthy (Arthur O'Connell) and sardonic secretary Maida Rutledge (Eve Arden).

IMDB Rating: 8.1/10

Anatomy of a Murder (1959) [RE-UP]

One day Biegler is contacted by Laura Manion (Lee Remick), wife of the loutish US Army Lieutenant Frederick "Manny" Manion (Ben Gazzara), who has been been arrested for the first degree murder of innkeeper Barney Quill. Manion does not deny the murder, but claims that his wife was raped by Quill.
Even with such a motivation, it would be difficult to get Manion cleared of murder, so Biegler pushes him into a position where he claims to have no memory of the event, thus giving them a chance of winning his freedom with a defense of irresistible impulse — a version of a temporary insanity defense.

Anatomy of a Murder (1959) [RE-UP]

As he sets about preparing his case, Biegler catches Laura Manion flirting with other army officers during a roadhouse party. He has to practically order her to stay away from "men, juke joints, booze, and pinball machines" and wear a girdle in order to play the part of a "meek little housewife" rather than that of a happy-go-lucky party girl. She also agrees to give up her tight-fitting clothes and wears a formal dress, glasses, a hat and a woman's suit in court.

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Biegler's folksy speech and laid-back demeanor hide a sharp legal mind and a propensity for courtroom theatrics that has the judge busy keeping things under control. However, the case for the defense does not go well, especially since the local D.A. (Brooks West) is assisted by a high-powered big city prosecutor named Claude Dancer (George C. Scott). Furthermore, the prosecution goes all the way to block any mention of Manion's motive for killing Quill, i.e. the raping of Laura. Biegler eventually manages to get the rape issue into the record and Judge Weaver (Joseph N. Welch) agrees to allow the matter to be part of the deliberations. However, Dancer's cross-examination of Laura effectively portrays her as a woman who was not satisfied with her marriage and openly flirted with other men, including the one she claimed raped her.

Anatomy of a Murder (1959) [RE-UP]

A doctor casts doubt on whether she was raped or not, though Biegler questions the method he used to obtain the results, and psychiatrists give conflicting testimony to Manion's state of mind when he killed Quill. Furthermore it comes out that even Lt. Manion doubted his wife, as Laura, a Catholic, had to swear on a rosary to persuade her husband that the sex with Quill was indeed non-consensual.

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Quill's inn is due to be inherited by Mary Pilant (Kathryn Grant), a mysterious Canadian who is suspected of being his mistress. Inquiries by Biegler's partner Parnell McCarthy, however, reveal that she is in fact Quill's daughter, but is anxious to keep this secret since she was born out of wedlock. Biegler, who is losing the case, tries to persuade her that Al Paquette (Murray Hamilton), a bartender who witnessed the murder, knows that Quill raped Laura but is covering this up, either out of love for Mary or loyalty to his late friend. Through Mary, Biegler tries to persuade Paquette to testify for the defense on these grounds but he refuses. Annoyed, Biegler leaves saying: "I'll leave a pass for you and Al at the trial. You might like to watch Lt. Manion get convicted."

Anatomy of a Murder (1959) [RE-UP]

Anatomy of a Murder is a 1959 American courtroom crime drama film. It was directed by Otto Preminger and adapted by Wendell Mayes from the best-selling novel of the same name written by Michigan Supreme Court Justice John D. Voelker under the pen name Robert Traver. Voelker based the novel on a 1952 murder case in which he was the defense attorney.

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The film stars James Stewart, George C. Scott, Lee Remick, Ben Gazzara, Arthur O'Connell, Eve Arden, Kathryn Grant, Brooks West (Arden's real-life husband),Orson Bean, and Murray Hamilton. The judge was played by Joseph N. Welch, a real-life lawyer famous for berating Joseph McCarthy during the Army-McCarthy Hearings.

This was one of the first mainstream Hollywood films to address sex and rape in graphic terms. It includes one of Saul Bass's most celebrated title sequences, an innovative musical score by Duke Ellington (who plays a character called Pie-Eye in the film) and has been described by a law professor as "probably the finest pure trial movie ever made".



Anatomy of a Murder (1959) [RE-UP]

Extra Content:
• Photo Montage: "Anatomy of a Classic"
• Vintage Advertising
• Talent Files
• Trailer (plus 2 bonus trailers)

From Wikipedia

ORIGINAL TITLE: Anatomy of a Murder
GENRE: Drama
DIRECTOR: Otto Preminger
Screenplay: Wendell Mayes
ACTORS:
James Stewart, Lee Remick, Ben Gazzara, Arthur O'Connell, Eve Arden, Kathryn Grant, George C. Scott, Orson Bean, Russ Brown, Alexander Campbell, Jimmy Conlin, Duke Ellington, Murray Hamilton, Joseph Kearns, Royal Beal, Lloyd Le Vasseur, Howard McNear, John Qualen, Don Ross, James Waters
Cast and Crew

PHOTOGRAPHY: Sam Leavitt
ASSEMBLY: Louis R. Loeffler
MUSIC: Duke Ellington, Cat Anderson
PRODUCTION: Otto Preminger TO COLUMBIA PICTURES
DISTRIBUTION: CEIAD - Colubmia TRISTAR HOME VIDEO (COLUMBIA CLASSICS)
COUNTRY: USA 1959
DURATION: 160 Min
SIZE: B / W
HAVING REGARD TO ALLEGATION: 14
SUBJECT: novel by John D. Voelker
NOTES: - GRAMMY AWARDS: BEST ORIGINAL SCORE (1959.) - FOXES CUP FOR BEST ACTOR JAMES STEWART TO VENICE EXHIBITION OF 1959.

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