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Title:
Anatomy of a murder
Publication Information:
Culver City, Calif. : Columbia TriStar Home Video, ©2000.
ISBN:
9780767827959
Physical Description:
1 videodisc (160 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
System Details:
DVD, region 1; Dolby digital mono; full screen (1.33:1) presentation.
Target Audience:
Not rated by MPAA.
Series:
Columbia classics
Language:
English
Language Note:
In English or dubbed Spanish; optional subtitles in English, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish or Thai; closed-captioned.
General Note:
Based on the novel: Anatomy of a murder / by Robert Traver.

Originally produced as motion picture in 1959.

Special features: Photo montage; Talent files (Otto Preminger (director), James Stewart, Lee Remick, Ben Gazzara, Eve Arden, George C. Scott); Theatrical trailers; Vintage advertising gallery.
Abstract:
"Emotions flare as a jealous Army lieutenant pleads innocent to murdering the rapist of his seductive, beautiful wife"--Container.
Added Uniform Title:
Anatomy of a murder (Motion picture)
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Summary

Summary

Based on the best-selling novel by Robert Traver (the pseudonym for Michigan Supreme Court justice John D. Voelker), Anatomy of a Murder stars James Stewart as seat-of-the-pants Michigan lawyer Paul Biegler. Through the intervention of his alcoholic mentor, Parnell McCarthy (Arthur O'Connell), Biegler accepts the case of one Lt. Manion (Ben Gazzara), an unlovable lout who has murdered a local bar owner. Manion admits that he committed the crime, citing as his motive the victim's rape of the alluring Mrs. Manion (Lee Remick). Faced with the formidable opposition of big-city prosecutor Claude Dancer (George C. Scott), Biegler hopes to win freedom for his client by using as his defense the argument of "irresistible impulse." Also featured in the cast is Eve Arden as Biegler's sardonic secretary, Katherine Grant as the woman who inherits the dead man's business, and Joseph N. Welch -- who in real life was the defense attorney in the Army-McCarthy hearings -- as the ever-patient judge. The progressive-jazz musical score is provided by Duke Ellington, who also appears in a brief scene. Producer/director Otto Preminger once more pushed the envelope in Anatomy of a Murder by utilizing technical terminology referring to sexual penetration, which up until 1959 was a cinematic no-no. Contrary to popular belief, Preminger was not merely being faithful to the novel; most of the banter about "panties" and "semen," not to mention the 11-hour courtroom revelation, was invented for the film. Anatomy of a Murder was filmed on location in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


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Library Journal Review

Maverick Hollywood producer-director -Preminger (Advise and Consent; The Man with the Golden Arm) challenged prevailing standards with this frank 1959 courtroom drama based on an actual murder case. Facing a high-powered prosecutor (George C. Scott), Jimmy Stewart shows his teeth as a small-town lawyer who defends an army lieutenant (Ben Gazzara) charged with shooting the bartender who supposedly raped his flirtatious wife (Lee Remick). Having already flouted the Production Code with The Moon Is Blue (1953), Preminger didn't shy from the kind of dialog now commonplace on shows like CSI or Law & Order. Extras include a 1967 Firing Line episode with the director in debate with William F. Buckley over censorship and a fascinating interview with -Preminger biographer Foster Hirsch. -VERDICT A bit overlong and occasionally creaky with age, Anatomy broke new ground with its candid storytelling. Classic-film lovers ought to take up its case. [See Trailers, LJ 1/12.]-Jeff T. Dick, Davenport, IA (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.