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Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 100%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 84%
IMDb Rating 7.5 10 4842


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Dean Stockwell as Judd Steiner
Orson Welles as Jonathan Wilk
Martin Milner as Sid Brooks
E.G. Marshall as District Attorney Harold Horn
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1hr 43 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Leofwine_draca 5 / 10

Very well cast

COMPULSION is a very well cast courtroom drama from 1959, featuring a trio of actors all giving very strong performances. The story is based on the same real-life murder case as Hitchcock's ROPE, about a pair of college students who killed a youth and then attempted to cover up their crime. This film goes for the psychological approach and is rather slow moving and dated, although the authentic performances go some way to making it watchable. A near-unrecognisable Orson Welles shows up late on as a lawyer, but the real stars are the youthful team of Dean Stockwell and Bradford Dillman, both completely believable.

Reviewed by Prismark10 7 / 10


We are back to the Leopold-Loeb murder as two wealthy students think they are more cleverer than their fellow man and think that rules or morals do not apply to them.

Artie Straus (Bradford Dillman) is the dominant one who prompts, provokes and persuades Judd Steiner (Dean Stockwell) along with himself to kidnap and kill. However Steiner inadvertently left something behind that leads to suspicion towards the two.

When it comes to the trial, noted heavyweight attorney, Jonathan Wilk (Orson Welles) is hired who needs to save these two young men from the death penalty.

The film is starkly shot in black and white and is set in 1924. With the talk of Nietzsche's philosophy the period setting means you get away from the recent events of the second world war. The two men's sexuality is heavily implied even though we also see Steiner having a troubled relationship with Ruth Evans (Diane Varsi.)

Orson Welles comes into his own at the end with an impassioned plea for these confused men's lives from the gallows. Maybe the speech is a little too preachy.

The film does not delve on the actual murder or the 14 year old victim. It concentrates on the two misguided young men, whose supposed intelligence soon unravels even though Straus tried to mislead the police.

Reviewed by garito-1 5 / 10

Not compulsive viewing

Watching this nearly 50 years after it was made, it is perhaps not surprising that the film is filled with stale ideas that have been used a million times since.

The out-spoken, outlandish defence lawyer with a seemingly water- tight case against his clients. The culprits that you are made to love and hate at the same time - even down to the hot, stuffy court room. You have seen it all before and done better.

As others has mentioned, Dean Stockwell turns in the best performance in the film (although that's not saying much) Welles plays the role that made him famous, but here he does so without much effort or, it seems, interest; just going through his tried and tested routine. All other characters inspire no real interest or sympathy from the audience.

All in all, it misses the key drama points that would have made for a much sharper, compelling and gritty film even in the late 50s when it was made.

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