Anatomy of a Murder

Anatomy of a Murder

Criterion Collection Edition #600

A virtuoso James Stewart plays a small-town Michigan lawyer who takes on a difficult case: the defense of a young army lieutenant (Ben Gazzara) accused of murdering a local tavern owner who he believes raped his wife (Lee Remick). This gripping envelope-pusher, the most popular film by Hollywood provocateur Otto Preminger, was groundbreaking for the frankness of its discussion of sex—but more than anything else, it is a striking depiction of the power of words. Featuring an outstanding supporting cast—with a young George C. Scott as a fiery prosecutor and the legendary attorney Joseph N. Welch as the judge—and an influential score by Duke Ellington, ANATOMY OF A MURDER is an American movie landmark, nominated for seven Oscars, including best picture.

Anatomy of a Murder
  • Anatomy of a Murder

    Directed by Otto Preminger • 1959 • United States
    Starring James Stewart, Lee Remick, Ben Gazzara

    A virtuoso James Stewart plays a small-town Michigan lawyer who takes on a difficult case: the defense of a young army lieutenant (Ben Gazzara) accused of murdering a local tavern owner who he belie...

Extras

  • Foster Hirsch on ANATOMY OF A MURDER

    This interview with writer Foster Hirsch, author of “Otto Preminger: The Man Who Would Be King,” was recorded in 2011.

  • Firing Line: Otto Preminger, 1967

    The following are excerpts from a 1967 episode of the television show “Firing Line,” in which ANATOMY OF A MURDER director Otto Preminger and host William F. Buckley Jr. discuss censorship and the Production Code.

  • Gary Giddins on Duke Ellington

    In this 2011 interview, critic Gary Giddins discusses Duke Ellington’s musical contributions to ANATOMY OF A MURDER.

  • Pat Kirkham on Otto Preminger and Saul Bass

    In this 2011 interview, writer Pat Kirkham, author of “Saul Bass: A Life in Film and Design,” talks about the prolific collaboration between the legendary graphic designer and director Otto Preminger, including on ANATOMY OF A MURDER.

  • Newsreel Footage

    This archival news segment chronicles the arrival of Otto Preminger and the cast and crew of ANATOMY OF A MURDER in small-town Michigan, and captures the beginning of production.

  • Anatomy of ANATOMY

    In 1997, Marquette County, Michigan, resident Joan G. Hansen published her firsthand account of the impact that Otto Preminger’s ANATOMY OF A MURDER had in 1959 on the small Upper Peninsula community where it was shot. Presented here are selected scenes from a 2014 documentary based on her experi...