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Anatomy of a Murder

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Original title
Anatomy of a Murder
Running time
160 min.
United States United States
Wendell Mayes (Novel: Robert Traver)
Duke Ellington
Sam Leavitt (B&W)
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Columbia Pictures
Drama | Courtroom Drama
Synopsis / Plot
An Army Lieutenant, Frederick Manion (Ben Gazarra), is accused of murdering a man, Barney Quill, for allegedly raping his beautiful wife, Laura Manion (Lee Remick). Manion’s lawyer, Paul Biegler (James Stewart), is assisted by his friend, Parnell McCarthy (Paul O’Connell), an alcoholic lawyer. They oppose the district attorney, Mitch Lodwick, and a state assistant attorney general, Claude Dancer (George C. Scott). Judge Weaver (Joseph Welch) presides over the trial. Several interesting issues of legal ethics are posed by the trial, which is a subject for another day.
1959: Academy Awards: 7 Nominations, including Best Pictures and Actor (James Stewart)
1959: Golden Globes: 4 Nominations, including Best Film - Drama
1959: BAFTA Awards: 3 nominations, including Best Film
1959: Directors Guild of America (DGA): Nominated for Best Director
1959: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Nominated for Best Drama Screenplay
1959: Venice: Best Actor (James Stewart)
1959: New York Film Critics Circle: Best Screenplay, Actor (James Stewart)
1959: National Board of Review: Top 10 Best Films
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