Thursday, June 4, 2015

Compulsion



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

Synopsis:
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.

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

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD: Available
  • Book: Available



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Awards:
  • 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.

Notes/Trivia:
  • 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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