Orson Welles
Director: Richard Fleischer Cast: Orson Welles
Orson Welles
, Dean Stockwell
Dean Stockwell
, Bradford Dillman
Bradford Dillman
Richard Fleischer

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Compulsion is a compelling, stylish thriller, loosely based on the famous 1924 murder trial of thrill-killers Loeb and Leopold, two homosexual students who murdered a young boy to demonstrate their intellectual superiority. Artie Straus (Bradford Dillman) is a sadistic, mother-dominated bully. Judd Steiner (Dean Stockwell) is a submissive, introverted sissy. Having been raised by wealthy, arrogant families, both Artie and Judd consider themselves above conventional morality. Unfeeling and conceited, the boys, after the killing, take delight in offering to aid in finding the culprits. It is this arrogance which leads to their capture and prosecution for the murders. Jonathan Wilk (Orson Welles), playing a Clarence Darrow-like criminal defense attorney, takes on the case, and puts on a defense, without the cooperation of his clients, who will offer no explanation for what they have done. Bradford Dillman gives an outstanding performance, as does Dean Stockwell as the utterly unsympathetic murderers. Orson Welles is flamboyantly imposing as Wilk, who must use all his wits to try to save the boys from execution. Compulsion is a suspenseful courtroom drama, even though most viewers will know the outcome. Tautly directed by Richard Fleischer, the film is an outstanding, believable courtroom drama.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/07/2017
UPC: 0738329207328
Original Release: 1959
Rating: NR
Source: Kl Studio Classics
Region Code: A
Time: 1:43:00
Sales rank: 34,927

Special Features

Audio commentary by film historian Tim Lucas; Trailers

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Orson Welles Jonathan Wilk
Dean Stockwell Judd Steiner
Bradford Dillman Artie Straus
Diane Varsi Ruth Evans
E.G. Marshall D.A. Horn
Martin Milner Sid Brooks
Richard Anderson Max Steiner
Edward Binns Tom Daly
Robert Burton Mr. Straus
Wilton Graff Mr. Steiner
Louise Lorimer Mrs. Straus
Gavin MacLeod Padua
Terry Becker Benson
Russ Bender Edgar Llewellyn
Gerry Lock Emma
Harry Carter Detective Davis
Simon Scott Det. Brown
Voltaire Perkins Judge
Robert Simon Lt. Johnson
Ina Balin Mike's Girlfriend
Peter Brocco Albert
Frank Conroy Actor
Wendell Holmes Jonas Kessler
Henry Kulky Waiter
Jack Lomas Coroner
Dayton Lummis Doctor

Technical Credits
Richard Fleischer Director
Eli Benneche Set Decoration/Design
Eugene Grossman Sound/Sound Designer
Ben Kadish Asst. Director
Mark-Lee Kirk Production Designer
Charles LeMaire Costumes/Costume Designer
Harry M. Leonard Sound/Sound Designer
William C. Mellor Cinematographer
Richard Murphy Screenwriter
Lionel Newman Score Composer
Ben Nye Makeup
Adele Palmer Costumes/Costume Designer
William H. Reynolds Editor
Walter Scott Set Decoration/Design
Lyle Wheeler Production Designer
Richard D. Zanuck Producer

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