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


Parnell Emmett McCarthy: 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.


Maida Rutledge: If this refrigerator gets any more fish in it, it will swim upstream and spawn all by itself.


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June 2008 Ranked #7 on the American Film Institute's list of the 10 greatest films in the genre "Courtroom Drama".
James Stewart's character Biegler is generally cited as being the reason why he was cast as smalltown West Virginia lawyer Billy Jim Hawkins in the 1973-74 TV series Hawkins.
The police car sitting in the parking lot of the jail, is a 1959 Edsel sedan. There is on record a few Edsels used by municipalities, but it was more common to find a Ford, Chevy, or Plymouth in use by law enforcement.
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