Getting Away with Murder (1996)

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With Penny Marshall as producer and a cast featuring Dan Aykroyd, Lily Tomlin and Jack Lemmon, one might think that Getting Away with Murder is a promising vehicle for more than a few chuckles and guffaws. But look a little closer and you may find other emotions arising: distaste, shock, and maybe even outrage. Getting Away with Murder, attempts to be a frothy black comedy about the fate of an alleged Nazi war criminal accused of horrendous crimes against the Jews (interestingly, the word "Jew" only comes up a couple times, the filmmakers preferring the more generic term "victim" instead). But with no real underlying point, no sympathetic protagonist, and a story that offers no barbed insights into the potentially fascinating subjects of administering vigilante justice based on hearsay and the notion of atonement for wrongs done, the story becomes vapid, tasteless and offensive. Aykroyd plays Jack Lambert, a mild-mannered professor of ethics who becomes deeply disturbed to learn that his neighbor Max Mueller (Lemmon) has been accused of being the notorious death camp commandant Karl "the Beast of Berkau" Luger, a man responsible for thousands of deaths. After wrestling a bit with his conscience, Lambert poisons the apples on Mueller's trees, causing his neighbor's swift demise. When the press labels the death a suicide, the outraged Lambert sends an anonymous letter to the press stating that he deliberately offed Mueller. Not long afterward, Lambert learns that Mueller may have been innocent after all. Filled with remorse, Mueller dumps his girlfriend to marry Mueller's plain-jane daughter Inga (Tomlin) as a form of penance. Then even more contradictory evidence surfaces that further confuses the issues. Surprisingly, the film received support from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Yad Vashem Memorial in Jerusalem.
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R
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Comedy
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Cast

Dan Aykroyd
as Prof. Jack Lambert
Jack Lemmon
as Max Mueller
Bonnie Hunt
as Dr. Gail Holland
Brian Kerwin
as Marty Lambert
Jerry Adler
as Judge
Andy Romano
as Psychiatrist
Robert Fields
as Sgt. Roarke
J.C. Quinn
as Detective Stanley
Susan Forristal
as Waitress Patti
Marissa Chibas
as Liz Lambert
Jon Korkes
as Chemistry Lab Professor
Alex Appel
as Student
Rino Romano
as Student
Jack Jessup
as Old Man
Judy Sinclair
as Old Woman
David Nichols
as Lawyer Brownell
Damon D'Oliveira
as Electronic Salesman
Wayne Robson
as Bartender
Richard Blackburn
as Nazi Sympathizer
Thomas Mitchell
as Nazi Sympathizer
Richard Liss
as Marty's Party Guest
Kevin Frank
as Marty's Party Guest
Ann-Marie MacDonald
as Marty's Party Guest
Caroline Yeager
as Marty's Party Guest
Bernard Shaw
as Himself
Fred Barnes
as Himself
Eleanor Clift
as Herself
Roy Hobbs
as Himself
Heather Kahn
as Herself
Brett Moon
as Inga's Twin
Ryan Moon
as Inga's Twin
Victor Chan
as Waiter
Dick Callahan
as Mueller's Neighbor
Diane Douglass
as Mueller's Neighbor
Mary Ann Coles
as Mueller's Neighbor
Howard Glassman
as Radio Talk Show Host
Jamie Harrold
as Jack's Stepson
Camille James-Adams
as Postal Clerk
Gabriel Regev
as Israeli Defense Minister
Colleen Reynolds
as Ferry Woman No. 1
Janet Land
as Ferry Woman No. 2
Johnnie Chase
as Detective
Luke Costello
as Halloween Kid
Kerry MacDonald
as Halloween Kid
Ron Hartman
as Cemetery Minister
Herb Lovelle
as Blind Man
Robert Morgenroth
as Newscaster
Douglas O'Keeffe
as Gail's Date
Jerry Savoy
as Cab Driver
Helen Taylor
as Veterinarian
Nicholas Pasco
as Cop in Jail
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Critic Reviews for Getting Away with Murder

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3)

...a distasteful affair that should embarrass all concerned...

Full Review… | April 28, 2005
Variety
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Full Review… | February 13, 2001
Los Angeles Times
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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Sun-Times
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December 31, 1999
New York Times
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December 31, 1999
Houston Chronicle
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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
San Francisco Chronicle
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Audience Reviews for Getting Away with Murder

One of my all time favorite films. What an awesome movie! I definetely recommend it! A classic comedy! Aykroyd is great in this one!

kalandra .
kalandra .

Amusing black comedy about a man who decides to execute his Nazi war-criminal neighbor. Not particularly funny but poses some good moral questions.

James Frazier
James Frazier

Starring: Dan Aykroyd, Lily Tomlin, Jack Lemmon, and Bonnie Hunt. Written and Directed by Harvey Miller. Rated [b]R[/b] (for some sexual situations). Running time approximately 1 hour 31 minutes. Dreadful and offensive only begin to describe the inescapably repugnant experience of watching [i]Getting Away with Murder[/i]. The cast is so darned good, but nothing (not, not a single bloody thing) could ever have redeemed this trash from its undying status as one of the worst comedies ever made. I hate this movie. I've seen it once, and it was a long time ago, but I still stand offended. Bleh. [b]* (out of ****) D[/b]

Christopher Lozier
Christopher Lozier

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