History Film / AnatomyOfAMurder

6th Jun '16 1:58:44 AM charlot
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* TheUnreveal: [[spoiler: Did Quill actually rape Laura at all, and who really hit her? The film seems to be setting up TheKillerWasLeftHanded-Laura's black eye was her right eye, Quill is shown in a picture with a gun in his right hand, and Manion smokes a cigarette with his left hand-but this is not followed up on in the movie.]]

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* TheUnreveal: [[spoiler: Did Quill actually rape Laura at all, and who really hit her? The film seems to be setting up TheKillerWasLeftHanded-Laura's black eye was her right eye, Quill is shown in a picture with a gun in his right hand, and Manion smokes a cigarette with his left hand-but this is not followed up on in the movie.]]]] There's also much play between both Manions and Biegler over who lights up with which cigarette lighter, but in the end no lighter has any plot significance.
2nd Jun '16 2:32:52 PM Random888
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* TheJudge: Played by Joseph N. Welch, a real-life lawyer most famous for his TakeThat against Senator Joseph [=McCarthy=] ("Have you no sense of decency, sir?") during the 1954 Senate subcommittee hearings investigating [=McCarthy=]'s accusations of [[RedScare Communists in the U.S. Army]]. Welch joked that he took the movie role because it was the closest he'd ever come to being a judge.

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* TheJudge: Played by Joseph N. Welch, a real-life lawyer most famous for his TakeThat against Senator Joseph [=McCarthy=] UsefulNotes/JosephMcCarthy ("Have you no sense of decency, sir?") during the 1954 Senate subcommittee hearings investigating [=McCarthy=]'s accusations of [[RedScare Communists in the U.S. Army]]. Welch joked that he took the movie role because it was the closest he'd ever come to being a judge.
8th May '16 11:57:27 AM LentilSandEater
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** [[spoiler: The latter can be excused (if you can call it that) as a result of his shell-shock over the first instance: you can clearly see the look of horror/annoyance on his face as he realizes that he's made one of the oldest mistakes in the book. Though it's an OffScreenMomentOfAwesome, he absolutely ''shreds'' the defense's case in closing arguments.]]
5th Dec '15 10:46:08 PM GrecoRomanGuy
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** [[spoiler: The latter can be excused (if you can call it that) as a result of his shell-shock over the first instance: you can clearly see the look of horror/annoyance on his face as he realizes that he's made one of the oldest mistakes in the book. Though it's an OffScreenMomentOfAwesome, he absolutely ''shreds'' the defense's case in closing arguments.]]
1st Oct '15 8:36:19 PM ClatoLawa
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* AssholeVictim: The Manions' story paints Quill as one, but we never get a definitive answer as to whether he did rape Laura.
18th Feb '15 1:29:13 AM gallium
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Paul Biegler ([[Creator/JimmyStewart James Stewart]]) is a lawyer who can't be bothered with doing legal work, and spends most of his time fishing and playing jazz piano. He's called in to defend loutish, wife-beating US Army Lieutenant Frederick "Manny" Manion (Ben Gazzara), who has been arrested for killing innkeeper Barney Quill. Manion does not deny the murder, and smugly insists he was perfectly justified because Quill raped his wife, Laura (Lee Remick). Biegler knows better, however, and the story follows Biegler's attempts to get Manion acquitted, opposed by a prosecution team headed by assistant Attorney General Claude Dancer (GeorgeCScott, in only his second film role.)

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Paul Biegler ([[Creator/JimmyStewart James Stewart]]) is a lawyer who can't be bothered with doing legal work, and spends most of his time fishing and playing jazz piano. He's called in to defend loutish, wife-beating US Army Lieutenant Frederick "Manny" Manion (Ben Gazzara), who has been arrested for killing innkeeper Barney Quill. Manion does not deny the murder, and smugly insists he was perfectly justified because Quill raped his wife, Laura (Lee Remick). Biegler knows better, however, and the story follows Biegler's attempts to get Manion acquitted, opposed by a prosecution team headed by assistant Attorney General Claude Dancer (GeorgeCScott, (Creator/GeorgeCScott, in only his second film role.)
16th Feb '15 6:16:20 PM Mdumas43073
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* AnimatedCreditsOpening: Designed by Saul Bass, one of Otto Preminger and Creator/AlfredHitchcock's frequent collaborators.

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* AnimatedCreditsOpening: ArtisticTitle: Designed by Saul Bass, one of Otto Preminger and Creator/AlfredHitchcock's frequent collaborators.
1st Jan '15 12:22:31 AM Thurisaz314
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31st Dec '14 5:31:34 PM nombretomado
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Paul Biegler ([[JimmyStewart James Stewart]]) is a lawyer who can't be bothered with doing legal work, and spends most of his time fishing and playing jazz piano. He's called in to defend loutish, wife-beating US Army Lieutenant Frederick "Manny" Manion (Ben Gazzara), who has been arrested for killing innkeeper Barney Quill. Manion does not deny the murder, and smugly insists he was perfectly justified because Quill raped his wife, Laura (Lee Remick). Biegler knows better, however, and the story follows Biegler's attempts to get Manion acquitted, opposed by a prosecution team headed by assistant Attorney General Claude Dancer (GeorgeCScott, in only his second film role.)

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Paul Biegler ([[JimmyStewart ([[Creator/JimmyStewart James Stewart]]) is a lawyer who can't be bothered with doing legal work, and spends most of his time fishing and playing jazz piano. He's called in to defend loutish, wife-beating US Army Lieutenant Frederick "Manny" Manion (Ben Gazzara), who has been arrested for killing innkeeper Barney Quill. Manion does not deny the murder, and smugly insists he was perfectly justified because Quill raped his wife, Laura (Lee Remick). Biegler knows better, however, and the story follows Biegler's attempts to get Manion acquitted, opposed by a prosecution team headed by assistant Attorney General Claude Dancer (GeorgeCScott, in only his second film role.)
30th Nov '14 8:54:11 PM Fireblood
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* InsanityDefense: Temporary insanity or irresistible impulse.

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* InsanityDefense: Temporary insanity or irresistible impulse.The "irresistible impulse" variant.



* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler: Manion. The temporary insanity defense as cooked up by Biegler is clearly BS. Manion recalls the murder quite well when first questioned by Biegler but, after Biegler not-so-subtly encourages him, later comes up with the "dissociative state" story that is Biegler's defense at trial.]]

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* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler: Manion. The temporary insanity defense as cooked up by Biegler is clearly BS. Manion recalls the murder quite well when first questioned by Biegler but, after Biegler not-so-subtly encourages him, later comes up with the "dissociative state" story that is Biegler's defense at trial.]]



* TheUnreveal: [[spoiler: Did Quill rape Laura at all, and who really hit her? The film seems to be setting up TheKillerWasLeftHanded--Laura's black eye was her right eye, Quill is shown in a picture with a gun in his right hand, and Manion smokes a cigarette with his left hand--but this is not followed up on in the movie.]]

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* TheUnreveal: [[spoiler: Did Quill actually rape Laura at all, and who really hit her? The film seems to be setting up TheKillerWasLeftHanded--Laura's TheKillerWasLeftHanded-Laura's black eye was her right eye, Quill is shown in a picture with a gun in his right hand, and Manion smokes a cigarette with his left hand--but hand-but this is not followed up on in the movie.]]
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