About

Semi-retired Michigan lawyer Paul Biegler takes the case of Army Lt. Manion, who murdered a local innkeeper after his wife claimed that he raped her. Over the course of an extensive trial, Biegler parries with District Attorney Lodwick and out-of-town prosecutor Claude Dancer to set his client free, but his case rests on the victim's mysterious business partner, who's hiding a dark secret.

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Directed by

Otto Preminger

Written by

Wendell Mayes (Screenplay)
John D. Voelker (Novel)

Runtime

160 minutes

Country

United States of America

Language

English

Tagline

No search of human emotions has ever probed so deeply, so truthfully as… Anatomy of a Murder.

Cast

Keywords

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Lists

#810 on 1,000 greatest films They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?

#239 on 500 Essential Cult Movies Jennifer Eiss

1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die Steven Jay Schneider

Awards

Oscar nomination for Best Cinematography, Black-and-White

Oscar nomination for Best Actor in a Supporting Role George C. Scott

Oscar nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role James Stewart

Oscar nomination for Best Film Editing