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Is Spector guilty? Is he innocent? Although Mamet's personal opinions seem fairly obvious, it really doesn't matter in the context of "Phil Spector." Opinions have already been formed and the trial has already been pre-judged. The legal determination is secondary to the popular consensus. Whether or not the eccentric Spector can withstand additional scrutiny through the trial process is one of the largest plot points. Whatever the outcome, he can't possibly hope to escape the situation unscathed.Read more ›
Thrilled with the film and it was simply marvelous. The acting by Al Pacino (Phil Spector) and Mirren (attorney Linda Baden) were extremely convincing. The writing is also excellent.
The plot centers around the first murder trial of Phil Spector, seen through the eyes of Spector's defense team. This intriguing angle is largely responsible for the film's uniqueness. Helen Mirren does a fantastic job as the lead defense lawyer who, at first, does not want to take the case, but gradually sympathizes with Spector and fears that without a good defense, a jury might convict him for his eccentricities alone. She and her defense team are determined not to see that happen, so they develop a defense not only based on (their interpretation of) the facts, but allowing the jury to learn about the human side of Spector. The question up until the very end of the film: put the unpredictable Phil Spector (played by an impeccable Al Pacino) on the stand?
I found the film quite riveting. Mamet creates a forceful forward motion with his rapid-fire dialogue punctuated by emotion-filled monologues (usually by Spector). The plot is both an interesting who-dunnit as well as a psychological exploration of Spector. All in all, a really good film that (at least to me) finds Mamet recapturing some of that "Glengary Glenn Ross" magic.
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The sound was awful. Up one minute, down the next. Very frustrating.Published 2 days ago by Nancy Betley
Very deep movie, it explains a lot about expensive court procedures.Published 7 days ago by Judye P.
Everything about this film is first rate. Al Pacino and Helen Mirren at their best.
Is Phil Spector on the edge or over leaves the viewer on the edge of their seat. Read more
Good acting by Al Pacino and Helen Mirren...........fictional story based on the actual story. Well worth seeing!Published 13 days ago by Jack