Rent Compulsion (1959)

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1h 39min
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Synopsis:
Feature is a compelling, stylish thriller that sees two callous law students murder a young boy in cold blood to prove their intellectual superiority. Having been raised by wealthy, snobbish families Artie Straus is a sadistic bully and Judd Steiner a timid introvert. The two college friends concoct the "perfect crime" the murder of a young boy, but their arrogance and conceit leads to their arrest. The inimitable Orson Welles plays the criminal defense lawyer, based on the famous Clarence Darrow, who takes on their almost impossible case. This courtroom drama directed by Richard Fleischer is based on the notorious and horrific 1924 murder trial of thrill-killers Leopold and Loeb.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Richard D. Zanuck
Writers:
Richard Murphy, Meyer Levin
Studio:
Second Sight
Genres:
Classics, Drama, Thrillers
Awards:

1959 Cannes Best Actor

BBFC:
Release Date:
20/09/2010
Run Time:
99 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
None
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
Colour:
Colour
BBFC:
Release Date:
29/02/2016
Run Time:
103 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
Colour:
B & W
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • The Guardian Interview with Richard Fleischer (1981, audio only): the award-winning director discusses his career after a screening of 'Compulsion'
  • The Guardian Interview with Richard Fleischer (1994): Fleischer returns to the NFT for this filmed interview
  • Orson Welles in the Courtroom Scene from Compulsion (1959, audio only): reproduction of the original 7" vinyl
  • Lobby Cards, Posters and Stills Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailer

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