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

Lt. Frederick Manion: [Roars at "Duke" Miller, who has just given his testimony] You're a *liar!* You're a *lousy, stinking liar!*
Paul Biegler: I apologize to the court for my client's outburst. But it's almost excusable, since the prosecution has seen fit to put a felon on the stand to testify against an officer in the United States Army.


Lt. Frederick Manion: Wanted: the Big Ten. Hey. They've got the ten best-dressed dames, the ten top teams, the ten top tunes, and now the ten most wanted.
Paul Biegler: Well, don't knock it. That's the American Dream. Those boys made The Grade.


Parnell Emmett McCarthy: Did you give the lieutenant the Well-Known Lecture?
Paul Biegler: If you mean, did I coach him into a phony story, no.
Parnell Emmett McCarthy: Maybe you're too pure, Paul. Too pure for the natural impurities of the law.


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Facts about

When James Stewart's character goes to the hotel to visit Kathryn Grant, the clerk at the desk is reading Leon Uris's "Exodus". One year later, director Preminger would go on to direct its film version, Exodus.
The movie's poster was as #1 of "The 25 Best Movie Posters Ever" by Premiere.
James Stewart's father was so offended by the film, which he deemed "a dirty picture", that he took out an ad in his local newspaper telling people not to see it.
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