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Anatomy of a Murder Overview:

Anatomy of a Murder (1959) was a Crime - Drama Film directed by Otto Preminger and produced by Otto Preminger.

The film was based on the novel of the same name written by John D. Voelker published in 1957.

Anatomy of a Murder was inducted into the National Film Registry in 2012.

Academy Awards 1959 --- Ceremony Number 32 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best ActorJames StewartNominated
Best Supporting ActorArthur O'ConnellNominated
Best Supporting ActorGeorge C. ScottNominated
Best CinematographySam LeavittNominated
Best Film EditingLouis R. LoefflerNominated
Best PictureOtto Preminger, ProducerNominated
Best WritingWendell MayesNominated
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Anatomy of a Murder (1959)

By Beatrice on Dec 9, 2016 From Flickers in Time

Anatomy of a Murder Directed by Otto Preminger Written by Wendell Mayes from a novel by John D. Voelker 1959/USA Carlyle Productions Repeat viewing/Netflix rental One of 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die Paul Biegler: [shaking head] They can’t, lieutenant. They can’t. An anatomy... Read full article


Anatomy of a Murder (1959)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Feb 14, 2013 From 4 Star Films

Starring Jimmy Stewart, George C. Scott, Lee Remick, and a cast of others, the film follows a small town lawyer (Stewart) as he defends a man who has?committed?murder. The whole case is complicated by the fact that the Lieutenant’s?beautiful wife was supposedly raped by the murdered man. Now S... Read full article


Anatomy of a Murder (1959)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Feb 14, 2013 From 4 Star Films

Starring Jimmy Stewart, George C. Scott, Lee Remick, and a cast of others, the film follows a small town lawyer (Stewart) as he defends a man who has?committed?murder. The whole case is complicated by the fact that the Lieutenant’s?beautiful wife was supposedly raped by the murdered man. Now S... Read full article


Tropes of Women in Film: Lee Remick in Anatomy of a Murder

By Duke Mantee on Jul 25, 2012 From Spoilers

Because of the Production Code, films made in the 1930?s, 40?s, and 50?s were strictly censored. The same set of rules that forbade Maxim de Winter from being his wife?s killer also forbade the use of the word ?virgin? on screen. Language, especially sexually explicit language, was the most heavily ... Read full article


Anatomy of a Murder

By Alyson on Mar 16, 2010 From The Best Picture Project

Anatomy of a Murder is a courtroom drama staring James Stewart as lawyer Paul Biegler.? He?s defending Frederick Manion (Ben Gazzara) who killed a local bar tender who raped his wife.? They decide to use a plea innocent with a reasoning of temporary insanity.? When court opens, Biegler is up against... Read full article


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Quotes from

Paul Biegler: If you do that one more time, I'll punch you all the way out into the middle of Lake Superior!


Paul Biegler: [after cross-examining a convicted felon] Your Honor, I don't think I can dignify this - -creature - - with any more questions.


Paul Biegler: All right, the cat's out of the bag; it's fair game for me to chase it!


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Otto Preminger originally wanted Lee Remick for the part of Laura because he had been impressed with her debut in A Face in the Crowd and knew that she could play a young sultry woman (even though Remick was 8 months pregnant when Preminger approached her for the role). A few weeks later he called to tell her that he had given the part to Lana Turner and instead offered her a smaller role of Mary Pilant, but Remick boldly refused. On an especially hectic day when Remick received a call saying that she had the part of Laura, she thought it was a joke and hung up. It took another phone call to convince her that she truly did have the lead female role.
Part of the controversy surrounding this movie was because it included use of the words "bitch", "contraceptive", "panties", "penetration", "rape", "slut" and "sperm".
The film was cut, scored and in previews only a month after filming had wrapped.
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