Thursday, June 4, 2015


1959 American Feature

Cast: Orson Welles, Diane Varsi, Dean Stockwell, Bradford Dillman, E.G. Marshall, Martin Milner, Richard Anderson, Robert Simon and Edward Binns
Director: Richard Fleischer
Writer: Richard Murphy, based on the novel by Meyer Levin

In 1924 Chicago, two rich college students consider themselves above conventional morality. To prove their point, they decide they can commit the perfect murder and get away with it.


  • Internet Movie Database: 7.5/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 100% / Audience: 84%

  • DVD: Available
  • Book: Available


  • BAFTA Award nomination for Best Film from Any Source.
  • Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actor (Dillman, Stockwell and Welles).
  • Directors Guild of America Award nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures.
  • Writers Guild of America Award nomination for Best Written American Drama.

  • Meyer Levin's 1956 novel Compulsion was a fictionalized account of the Leopold and Loeb murder trial.
  • The first film produced by Richard D. Zanuck.

Related Movies:
  • The films Rope and Swoon were also inspired by the Leopold and Loeb case.

OMG Movie #596

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