- Digitally Remastered Audio and Video
- Languages: English and Spanish
- Subtitles in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, and Thai
- Theatrical Trailers
- Rated: PG-13
- Run Time: 2 hours, 40 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: July 11, 2000
- Originally Released: 1959
- Label: Sony Pictures
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 1.85
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround - English
- Dolby Surround - Spanish (Latin American), Portuguese (Brazil)
- Subtitles - Chinese (Mandarin Traditional), English (US), Korean, Portuguese (Brazil), Spanish, Thai -Optional
- Additional Release Material:
- Traieler - Theatrical Trailer
- Text/Photo Galleries:
- Photo Montage: Anatomy of a Classic
- Production Info
- Talent Files
- Vintage Advertising
Performers, Cast and Crew:
USA Today - 06/30/2000
"...One of the most enduring courtroom dramas ever....Lee Remick enjoyed a career breakthrough..."
Sight and Sound - 03/01/2002
"...[An] immaculate courtroom drama....The performances of James Stewart and George C. Scott as opposing attorneys remain a benchmark in the genre..."
Uncut - 05/01/2005
"ANATOMY OF A MURDER from 1959, arguably Preminger's finest film, is also his most brazenly ambiguous."
Entertainment Weekly - 02/24/2012
"It's a daring, cynical gem." -- Grade: A-
Description by OLDIES.com:
A riveting courtroom drama of rape and premeditated murder is brought to life with an all-star cast in the suspenseful and highly-acclaimed Anatomy of a Murder. Nominated for seven Academy Awards including Best Picture (1959), the film pits a humble small-town lawyer (James Stewart) against a hard-headed big-city prosecutor (George C. Scott). Emotions flare as jealous army lieutenant (Ben Gazzara) pleads innocent to murdering the rapist of his seductive, beautiful wife (Lee Remick). Produced and directed by the renowned Otto Preminger, the film features a brilliant score by Duke Ellington. Packed with drama, passion and intrigue, Anatomy of a Murder is a cinematic masterpiece that will keep you on the edge of your seat!
Director Preminger thrives in tense legal showdowns and this is perhaps his best, mostly for Stewart's cagey performance as a deceptively wily small-town lawyer. The sensationalist trial revolves around an army lieutenant who shoots a bar owner for allegedly raping his wife, an ugly crime in which no one is wholly guilty or innocent. Based on Robert Travers' novel. Score (and onscreen appearance) by Duke Ellington. Academy Award Nominations: 7, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor--James Stewart, Best (Adapted) Screenplay.
Description by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment:
A riveting courtroom drama of rape and premeditated murder is brought to life with an all-star castin the suspenseful and highly-acclaimed ANATOMY OF A MURDER. Nominated for seven Academy Awards(r) including Best Picture (1959). The film pits a humble small-town lawyer (James Stewart) against a hard-headed big city prosecutor (George C. Scott). Emotions flare as a jealous army lieutenant (Ben Gazzara) pleads innocent to murdering the rapist of his seductive, beautiful wife (Lee Remick). Producedand directed by the renowned Otto Preminger, the film features a brilliant score by Duke Ellington.Packed with drama, passion and intrigue, ANATOMY OF A MURDER is a cinematic masterpiece that will keep you on the edge of your seat!
Director Preminger thrives in tense legal showdowns and this is perhaps his best, mostly for Stewart's cagey performance as a deceptively wily small-town lawyer. An army lieutenant shoots a bar owner for allegedly raping his wife. A trial ensues, in which his attempts to convince the jury that the lieutenant is innocent of first degree murder because of he was the victim of an "irresistible impulse." The plot is complicated by the nature of the criminal and defendants, none of whom is purely good or evil, but who all have a complex relationship to the law and to society.
- Joseph N. Welch, who plays the judge in the film, was the lawyer (he later became a judge) who defended the Army against Senator Joseph McCarthy in 1954 during his anti-communist witch hunt. The book on which the film is based was written by a judge, The Honorable Robert Traver.
- At the time of release in 1959, the film contained some words that viewers found daring, such as "contraceptive" and "spermatogenesis."
- Shot on location in Michigan.