Anatomy of a Murder

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Frederick Manion (Ben Gazzara), a lieutenant in the army, is arrested for the murder of a bartender, Barney Quill. He claims, in his defense, that the victim had raped and beaten up his wife Laura (Lee Remick). Although Laura supports her husband's story, the local paper has reported that the police surgeon can find no evidence that she has been raped. Manion is defended by Paul Biegler (James Stewart), a humble small-town lawyer and recently deposed district attorney. During the course of interviews, Biegler discovers that Manion is violently possessive and jealous, and also that his wife has a reputation for flirting with other men. Biegler realizes that the prosecution will try to make the court believe that Laura had been drunk and was picked up by the bartender and then her husband killed him and beat her up when he discovered they had been together. Manion pleads "not guilty" and Biegler, who knows that his case is weak, tries to find evidence that will save Manion.

Director: Otto Preminger
Writer: Wendell Mayes (screenplay), John D. Voelker (based on the novel by)
Production: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Year: 1959
MetaScore: 95/100
ImdbRating: 8.0
BoxOffice: N/A
Released: 01 Sep 1959
Awards: Nominated for 7 Oscars. Another 12 wins & 12 nominations.


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Paul Biegler - James Stewart
Laura Manion - Lee Remick
Lt. Frederick Manion - Ben Gazzara
Parnell Emmett McCarthy - Arthur O'Connell
Maida Rutledge - Eve Arden
Mary Pilant - Kathryn Grant
Claude Dancer - George C. Scott
Dr. Matthew Smith - Orson Bean
George Lemon - Russ Brown
Alphonse Paquette - Murray Hamilton
Dist. Atty. Mitch Lodwick - Brooks West
Det. Sgt. James Durgo - Ken Lynch
Deputy Sheriff Sulo - John Qualen
Dr. Dompierre - Howard McNear
Dr. W. Gregory Harcourt - Alexander Campbell
Dr. Raschid - Ned Wever
Clarence Madigan - Jimmy Conlin
Sheriff Battisfore - Royal Beal
Lloyd Burke - Joseph Kearns
Duane 'Duke' Miller - Don Ross
Court Clerk - Lloyd Le Vasseur
Army Sergeant 1st Class - James Waters
Judge Weaver - Joseph N. Welch
Pie Eye - Duke Ellington
Distinguished Gentleman - Irv Kupcinet
Jury Foreman - Lawrence K. Paquin
Orderly - Chuck Ramsay