Anatomy of a Murder Reviews
Viewed this on 26/11/15
A riveting masterpiece and one of the best courtroom dramas ever made and it reminds me why I love the genre so much. It's got flawless direction from Otto Preminger, a superb script with characters in a mystery that won't let you grab a hold of them, thus making it layered and unpredictable. James Stewart gives another fantastic performance and in a role that suits his age and he is equally complemented by two lawyers at his opposition played by George C Scott and Douglas Brooks West and although the latter may seem like a clown in the bunch, his acting is spontaneous and flawless. The film starts off in a very routine and average manner,that too purposefully and when the court room scenes arrive, it just mounts tension upon tension. Actress Lee Remick must also be given praise for her performance.
Stewart is a good touch stone for the movie as the lawyer. At first he seems washed up with drinking, girls and his cynicism, but then he changes to all seriousness when there is a chance to save a man from jail. He is supported by a strong cast, a beautiful Remick, Scott as the big lawyer, Welch as the unusual judge, O'Connell as the need to sober up assistant and the bartender whose name I do not recall.
Another review needed to be rewritten thanks to flixster messing up!
Paul Biegler is a former low-key district attorney that now operates independently but very infrequently. He prefers to fish, harass his underpaid secretary, and hang out with a local drunk who is also an attorney. One day a murder case falls in his lap that he's enticed to take and prove a military officer innocent, even when it appears there may be some funny business in the case on both sides...
"I'm sorry if I offended you awhile ago."
"No you're not."
Otto Preminger, director of Laura, A Royal Scandal, Where the Sidewalk Ends, Carmen Jones, Skidoo, Exodus, and Bunny Lake is Missing, delivers Anatomy of a Murder. The storyline for this picture is amazing and very unpredictable. The acting and script are brilliant and the film is wonderfully paced despite the long runtime (160 minutes). The cast includes James Stewart, Lee Remmick, Eve Arden, Bem Gazzara, Arthur O'Connell, George Scott, and Orson Bean.
"You surprise me sometimes."
'Why? I've been around."
I grabbed this movie off Netflix because I love both Otto Preminger and James Stewart pictures. This was a very well done courtroom drama and reminded me slightly of Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. The pace of the film is very well done is Stewart and such an amazing and compelling actor. I strongly recommend this gem!
"I used to think the world looks better through a glass of whiskey. It doesn't."