Two close friends, arrogantly and without remorse, kidnap and murder a young boy. They are caught and put to trial where their larger-than-life defense lawyer blames the Establishment for their actions.

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  1. Meyer Levin


  2. Richard Murphy


  3. Richard Fleischer


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  1. Orson Welles

    Orson Welles

    Jonathan Wilk

  2. Diane Varsi

    Diane Varsi

    Ruth Evans

  3. Dean Stockwell

    Dean Stockwell

    Judd Steiner

  4. Bradford Dillman

    Bradford Dillman

    Arthur A. Straus

  5. E.G. Marshall

    E.G. Marshall

    District Attorney Harold Horn

  6. Martin Milner

    Martin Milner

    Sid Brooks

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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 43m

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  • April 1, 1959



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A review by John Chard

By John Chard

Lets go watch them slaughter the sheep!

Compulsion is directed by Richard Fleischer and adapted to screenplay by Richard Murphy from the novel written by Meyer Levin. It stars Dean Stockwell, Bradford Dillman, Orson Welles and Diane Varsi. Music is by Lionel Newman and cinematography by William C. Mellor.

Based upon the real life Leopold and Loeb murder trial of the 1920s, Compulsion finds Artie Strauss (Dillman) and Judd Steiner (Stockwell) as two well to do young men attempting to commit the perfect crime - murder! But it wasn't so perfect after all and they soon find themselves on tria... read the rest.

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