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Status: Released

Runtime: 103

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Language: en

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5.9/10 (9 votes)


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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Director: Richard Fleischer
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Orson Welles

Orson Welles
as Jonathan Wilk

Diane Varsi

Diane Varsi
as Ruth Evans

Dean Stockwell

Dean Stockwell
as Judd Steiner

Bradford Dillman

Bradford Dillman
as Arthur A. Straus

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A review 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.