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This is classic courtroom drama. Directed by Otto Preminger with a stellar cast including Jimmy Stewart, George C. Scott, Lee Remmick and Ben Gazzara. Stewart plays a small town lawyer defending Gazzara on a murder charge for shooting a man who allegedly raped Remick (his wife). Or was it due to jealousy? This is not a who done it. Rather, the mystery is why did Gazzara do it? The plot and courtroom scenes are realistic. This is a much better and more realistic courtroom drama than more recent courtroom dramas such as Jagged Edge, The Verdict, or even Presumed Innocent. The screen play was very faithfully adapted from the novel of the same name by Robert Traver (the pen name of a now deceased former justice of the Michigan Supreme Court). As you would expect, the courtroom scenes and legal dialogue are realistic. Watching this dvd gives you the feeling of what it's like to try a major case.
The dialogue, however, is at times dated and somewhat corny. However, the caet is first rate - Stewart, George C. Scott and Lee Remick sizzle. The rest of the cast is fun to watch. Watch for Joseph C. Welch - the Boston lawyer who was credited with bringing down Senator Joe McCarthy - as the judge. Duke Ellington appears in a cameo role. Floyd the Barber from the Andy Griffith TV show and Mr. Wilson from the Dennis the Menace TV series also make breif appearances. I suggest you prep for your next murder trial by watching Jimmy Stewart.
This has to be one of the 100 best movies of all time. Great story and actors. James Stewart, Ben Gazarra, George C Scott, Eve Arden etal are at their finest. Court room drama better than most. I plan to keep this movie in my library and view it often. Recommended highly.
This is one of my favorite classic movies. James Stewart is terrific, as is the rest of the cast. A great courtroom drama. It shows how good movies survive time and trends and remain entertaining and must see.
This is a classic movieone of the best of all time!!! Jimmy Stewart is a great actor and his performance here is no exception! Everyone should own a copy fo their private collection!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
James Stewart at his best- an analytical, cunning mind beneath the slow-moving, country boy exterior. Fabulous surprise ending is bolstered by a few mid-movie surprise revelations. Human frailities are brought out, aired like dirty linen, but never judged. Supporting cast is terrific-characters like the bartender and trailer park manager get their opportunity to have a once-in-a-lifetime ten minutes' of fame. The husband and wife are a mass of contradictions, passion, and even, a touch or so of sheer evilness. This was a great novel that made the shift-as so rarely happens- into a great film. I had seen it many times and just had to add it to my personal film collection.