Anatomy of a Murder (1959)


ana“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.” – Parnell Emmett McCarthy

Number of Times Seen – 2 (21 October 1999 on cable, 23 Jun 2013)

Brief Synopsis – A former prosecutor is hired to defend a soldier accused of killing the man who raped his wife.

My Take on it – Jimmy Stewart was great in this movie as the defense attorney defending Ben Gazarra.  Lee Reminick plays Gazarra’s wife and George C. Scott is also great as the Prosecutor in the case.

This movie was banned in many cities due to it’s explicit language used to describe many aspects of the rape case.  Every one of those descriptions are now allowed to be said on TV.

Otto Preminger produced and directed this movie and took it so personal that he even ended up suing the production company for selling the rights to TV which cut the movie up with so many commercial breaks.

Nominated for 7 Oscars, but lost just about all of them to Ben-Hur (1959).

Bottom Line – Great courtroom drama.  Well ahead of its time. Highly recommended

Rating – Oscar Worthy

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