- Original title
- Running time
- 103 min.
- United States
Richard Murphy (Novel: Meyer Levin)
William C. Mellor (B&W)
Robert F. Simon,
Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
Thriller. Mystery. Drama | Crime. Courtroom Drama. 1920s
- Synopsis / Plot
- It's Chicago and the year is 1924. Two young men are driving recklessly at night, and almost hit a drunken pedestrian. They are wealthy law students, the flamboyant Artie Straus (Bradford Dillman) constantly goading the intensely introverted Judd Steiner (Dean Stockwell) to still more outrageous escapades. Smugly feeling safe in their own superiority, the pair commit murder--just to show they can. So starts this gripping fictionalized version of the Leopold-Loeb case which shocked Americans and provoked Clarence Darrow, here fictionalized as Jonathan Wilk (Orson Welles), to make an impassioned plea that even these cold killers should not be hung.
: Cannes Film Festival: Best Actor (Welles, Stockwell, Dillman)
: BAFTA Awards: Nominated to Best Film
: Directors Guild of America (DGA): Nominated for Best Director
: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Nominated for Best Drama Screenplay
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