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Compulsion, 1959

Compulsion
Directed by: Richard Fleischer
Written by: Richard Murphy
Language:  English
Country:  USA
Runtime:  103 min
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Compulsion can be described as disturbing, thought provoking, and bleak. The plot revolves around a murderous pair, a dedicated lawyer, and legal action. The main genres are drama, crime, and period. In terms of style, Compulsion is talky. In approach, it is serious and realistic. The storytelling is slow paced. Compulsion is set, at least in part, in a courtroom and at a college. It is located in Chicago. It takes place in the 1920s. Compulsion is adapted from a play, originally a true story, and based on a book. The movie has received attention for being a Cannes festival winner and critically acclaimed.

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Compulsion (1959)

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It's Chicago and the year is 1924. Two young men are driving recklessly at night, and almost hit a drunken... more

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Language: English
Country: USA
Release date: 1 April 1959
Runtime: 103 min
Awards: Cannes

Awards

Dean Stockwell for Best Actor at the 1959 Cannes
Orson Welles for Best Actor at the 1959 Cannes
Bradford Dillman for Best Actor at the 1959 Cannes

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Orson Welles Orson Welles As Jonathan Wilk
Diane Varsi Diane Varsi As Ruth Evans
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Ingenious retelling of the 1924 Leopold & Loeb "crime of the century" is arguably better than Alfred Hitchcock's 1948 version "Rope" and unquestionably more historically accurate. Rope did a slightly better job getting into the heads of the two...
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