Anatomy of A Murder (1959) – Encore Review 2

“One judge is quite like another. The only differences may be in the state of their digestions or their proclivities for sleeping on the bench. For myself, I can digest pig iron. And while I might appear to doze occasionally, you will find that I am easily awakened, particularly if shaken gently by a good lawyer with a nice point of law.” – Judge Weaver

Number of Times Seen – 4 (21 October 1999, 23 Jun 2013, 20 Aug 2018 and 25 May 2022)

Link to original reviewHere and Here

Brief Synopsis – A lawyer is given the task of defending a soldier who is suspected of killing a man who supposedly raped his wife.

My Take on it – Such a great story that stays gripping throughout. This was a very controversial film at the time that it came out and that largely has to do with the very provocative subject matter that by today’s standards is tame, but 60+ years ago it was quite risque. Great seeing Jimmy Stewart in a role like this and he is superb as the defense attorney.  The courtroom drama stays thrilling from start to finish and they have some really intriguing surprises along the way.

Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Part of the controversy surrounding this movie was because it included use of the words “bitch”, “contraceptive”, “panties”, “penetration”, “rape”, “slut” and “sperm”. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10) (no change from original review)


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