Average Rating: 7.8/10
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Release Date: Jan 1, 1959 Wide
Average Rating: 3.7/5
User Ratings: 1,212
Compulsion is a compelling, stylish thriller, loosely based on the famous 1924 murder trial of thrill-killers Loeb and Leopold, two homosexual students who murdered a young boy to demonstrate their intellectual superiority. Artie Straus (Bradford Dillman) is a sadistic, mother-dominated bully. Judd Steiner (Dean Stockwell) is a submissive, introverted sissy. Having been raised by wealthy, arrogant families, both Artie and Judd consider themselves above conventional morality. Unfeeling and
Jan 1, 1959 Wide
May 23, 2006
Robert F. Simon
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First great 'thrill killer' movie
Richard Fleischer's thriller is loosely based on the celebrated 1924 Chicago murder trial of Jewish thrill-killers Leopold and Loeb.
Absorbing version of Leopold-Loeb story with standout Welles performance.
Apesar de mostrar a crueldade dos jovens, o filme leva o espectador a torcer contra a pena de morte graças, principalmente, ao forte monólogo de 10 minutos protagonizado por Orson Welles.
Audience Reviews for Compulsion
- Sid Brooks: I hope they hang him. I hope he hangs til the rope rots!
- D.A. Horn: The state psychiatrists have declared them completely sane.
- Jonathan Wilk: Yes, after a searching and exhausting study. Isn't that right Harold? 10 minutes in a crowded hotel room. Oh, we're up against some brilliant minds in this case, and we - we haven't a minute to lose.
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