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Anatomy of a Murder

The Criterion Collection

4.6 out of 5 stars 302 customer reviews
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Editorial Reviews

A virtuoso James Stewart (Vertigo) plays a small-town Michigan lawyer who takes on a difficult case: that of a young Army lieutenant (The Killing of a Chinese Bookie’s Ben Gazzara) accused of murdering the local tavern owner who he believes raped his wife (Days of Wine and Roses’ Lee Remick). This gripping, envelope-pushing courtroom potboiler, the most popular film from Hollywood provocateur Otto Preminger (Laura), was groundbreaking for the frankness of its discussion of sex—more than anything else, it is a striking depiction of the power of words. With its outstanding supporting cast—including a young George C. Scott (Patton) as a fiery prosecuting attorney and legendary real-life attorney Joseph N. Welch as the judge—and influential jazz score by Duke Ellington, Anatomy of a Murder is a Hollywood landmark; it was nominated for seven Oscars, including best picture.


Special features

New high-definition digital restoration

New interview with Otto Preminger biographer Foster Hirsc

Critic Gary Giddins explores Duke Ellington's score in a new interview

A look at the relationship between graphic designer Saul Bass and Preminger

Newsreel footage from the set

Excerpts from a 1967 episode of Firing Line, featuring Preminger

Excerpts from the work in progress Anatomy of "Anatomy": The Making of a Movie

Behind-the-scenes photographs by Life magazine's Gjon Mili

Trailer, featuring on-set footage

PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Nick Pinkerton and more


Product details

  • Actors: James Stewart, Ben Gazzara, Lee Remick, George C. Scott
  • Directors: Otto Preminger
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Black & White, NTSC, Subtitled, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Criterion Collection
  • DVD Release Date: February 21, 2012
  • Run Time: 161 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 302 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B0068CEH5S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,606 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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