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Anatomy of A Murder

Anatomy of A Murder

DVD - 2000
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Publisher: Burbank, Calif. : Columbia TriStar Home Video, 2000
ISBN: 9786315008504
Branch Call Number: DVD ANATOMY 1DISC
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (160 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in


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Feb 13, 2021

Copy ending 3438 from Main library :

Movie plays until 52 minutes of the film and then jumps to about 58 minutes of the film .

There are Scratches on the disc .
Librarians might want to review this disc before putting in back on the shelves .

Feb 11, 2021

Clearly, I am the outlier in this set of reviewers. I found the film tedious and the script prosaic. Stewart throws out an endless stream of quips that are devoid of humor, yet receive loud, courtroom laughter. Duke Ellington has a cameo, and Remick is quite good. Stewart garnered an Oscar nomination, but it seemed to me that he played himself perfectly—no acting required. As mentioned by another reviewer, the film gained notoriety because of the subject matter. As a rule, I like Criterion Collection movies. Anatomy of a Murder is the standout exception.

Jul 21, 2020

Absolutely brilliant film: intelligent, ambiguous, and cynical as all get out. If you think all 1950s movies were naive and filled with pure Leave It To Beaver morality, think again.

Oct 17, 2019

S.A. Library, please get the Criterion edition.

This was an interesting performance by James Stewart, as he has to be a glib, fast-talking lawyer, instead of his usual, aw-shucks screen persona. George C. Scott, of course, is even faster-talking. The movie was controversial because it included use of the words "bitch", "contraceptive", "panties", "penetration", "rape", "slut" and "sperm". You've been warned!

A wonderful classic movie. Jimmy Stewart is fabulous as usual in his role as the Attorney for the Defendant. The courtroom drama was totally well played and Perry Mason couldn't have done it better. Thought the ending kindof screwy and messed up but was well worth the time spent.

Mar 30, 2019

Best movie to realistically show the inside of a courtroom, albeit in 1959. Great acting and moves at a good pace for the era.

Apr 17, 2018

IF YOU WANT TO LEARN WHAT A COURTROOM IS REALLY LIKE AND THE TRUE ROLES OF DEFENSE AND PROSECUTING ATTORNEYS, SEE THIS MOVIE. James Stewart`s lawyer doesn`t take the case because he`s a "Fight-The-Man" rebel - he takes it because that`s his job, that`s his part in the judicial system, and he needs the money because that`s how he pays his bills. With an Academy Award winning screenplay by Wendell Mays (from Caruthersville, Missouri), this is how our judicial system works: the pretense that the D.A. believes the defendant is guilty and Defense truly believes the defendant innocent, otherwise he/she/they wouldn`t represent him/her. The truth is 1% of case are dismissed by the D.A. for lack of evidence or because the D.A. believes the wrong person has been charged, and only 2% go to trial. The other 97% are plea-bargained out which is where miscarriages of justice happen. Not because of the D.A. but because some blue-flamer, hot-shot wannabe defense lawyer can`t be bother with this nobody defendant. Ironically, these hypocrites are the very ones who, years later , come after "The Man" for the very injustice they created!

Apr 20, 2017

Excellent movie. A bit dated in the beginning, once you get to the trial the dialogue is superb. They take a moral conundrum of a murder and present both sides in a manner that can leave two viewers arguing at the end. Really shows how a case can turn on the better lawyer, not the better facts.

Veepea Sep 17, 2016

A great (but frightening) look at a trial and how guilt and innocence can be twisted. Also, I finally found out that the Hyperchicken from Futurama is based on Jimmy Stewart's lawyer! Double win!

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Aug 24, 2013

Paul Biegler: "Mr. Paquette, what would you call a man with an insatiable penchant for women?" Alphonse Paquette: "A what?" Paul Biegler: "A penchant... a desire... taste... passion?" Alphonse Paquette: "Well, a, uh, ladies' man, I guess. Or maybe just a damn fool!" Judge Weaver: "Just answer the questions, Mr. Paquette. The attorneys will provide the wisecracks."

Aug 24, 2013

Parnell Emmett McCarthy: "...Twelve people, go off into a room. Twelve different minds, twelve different hearts, from twelve different walks of life... Twelve sets of eyes, ears, shapes, and sizes. And these twelve people are asked to judge another human being as different from them as they are from each other. And in their judgment, they must become of one mind - unanimous. It's one of the miracles of Man's disorganized soul that they can do it, and in most instances, do it right well. God bless juries."

Aug 24, 2013

Parnell Emmett McCarthy: "You know, I used to think the world looked better through a glass o' whiskey... It doesn't. I think I'll keep it this way. Looks nice."

Aug 24, 2013

Judge Weaver: "Now, Mr. Dancer, get off the panties. You've done enough damage."

Aug 24, 2013

Parnell Emmett McCarthy: "The lieutenant goes to Quill's place and plugs Mr. Quill about five times, which causes Mr. Quill to promptly die of lead poisoning."

Aug 24, 2013

Parnell Emmett McCarthy (eyeing an empty liquor bottle): "You fought this soldier by yourself. You've been drinking alone, Paulie. I don't like that." Paul Biegler: "Drop the stone, Counselor. You live in a glass house." Parnell Emmett McCarthy: "My windows have been busted a long time ago, so I can say what I please."


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Mar 14, 2012

A courtoom drama of premeditated murder as a jealous army lieutenant pleads innocent to murdering the rapist of his beautiful wife
James Stewart, Lee Remick, Ben Gazzara, Arthur O'Connell, Eve Arden, Kathryn Grant, George C. Scott, Joseph N. Weife.


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