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Anatomy of a Murder (1959)

Opens on September 16

Director: Otto Preminger Run Time: 161 min. Rating: NR Release Year: 1959

Starring: Arthur O'Connell, Ben Gazzara, Eve Arden, James Stewart, Lee Remick

Country: English
Language: United States

About the film:

A riveting courtroom drama of rape and premeditated murder is brought to life with an all-star cast in the suspenseful and highly-acclaimed Anatomy of a Murder (1959).

Nominated for seven Academy Awards including Best Picture, the film pits a humble small-town lawyer (James Stewart) against a hard-headed big city prosecutor (George C. Scott). Emotions flare as a jealous army lieutenant (Ben Gazzara) pleads innocent to murdering the rapist of his seductive, beautiful wife (Lee Remick). Produced and directed by the renowned Otto Preminger, the film features a brilliant score by Duke Ellington. Packed with drama, passion and intrigue, the film is a cinematic masterpiece that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

About the filmmaker:

Otto Preminger was an Austro-Hungarian-born theatre and film director, film producer, and actor who directed more than 35 feature films over a five-decade career and was twice nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director. He first gained attention for film noir mysteries such as Laura (1944) and Fallen Angel (1945), while in the 1950s and 1960s, he directed high-profile adaptations of popular novels and stage works. Several of these later films pushed the boundaries of censorship by dealing with themes which were then taboo in Hollywood, such as drug addiction in The Man with the Golden Arm (1955), rape in Anatomy of a Murder (1959) and homosexuality in Advise & Consent (1962).

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