Compulsion

 (1959)


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User Reviews

Leopold-Loeb Re-Telling Has Interesting Characters
Feb 17, 2008
ccthemovieman-1 - imdb.com
This was pretty interesting, thanks to Bradford Dillman who was excellent as one of the murderers, and to Orson Welles, as defense attorney "Jonathan Wilk." Wells could be such an imposing presence on screen! Interesting, too, that his character was... Full review
Well Ahead Of Its Time
Jan 24, 2008
sddavis63 - imdb.com
In many respects, I thought this was a movie that was far ahead of its time. In some ways, it's a psychological study of why some people turn to evil without any apparent remorse. It's also an anti-capital punishment argument... Full review
The Strange Case Of Dean Stockwell
Nov 15, 2007
Ubaldo Martinez - imdb.com
Watching this 1959 Richard Fleischer confirmed something I've always known. Dean Stockwell is a superb actor and an extraordinary presence on the screen. So, I think it's strange that he's not regarded as one of the greatest actors that ever... Full review
Murder and Dean Stockwell's Eyes
Apr 27, 2007
M. J Arocena - imdb.com
Seeing "Compulsion" again after a very long time, it amazed me how well I remembered it. In fact I remembered every tiny little turn in Dean Stockwell's eyes. He is superb in the part of the young semi genius with... Full review
THE CRIME OF THE CENTURY!
Feb 12, 2007
PO'D - yahoo.com
In the case of Leopold & Loeb, which is what this compelling film is based upon, two teenage Chicago college guys who think they are intellectually superior to everybody else, kill a fourteen year old boy just for sport. One of... Full review
THE CRIME OF THE CENTURY!
Feb 12, 2007
t.kirby - yahoo.com
In the case of Leopold & Loeb, which is what this compelling film is based upon, two teenage Chicago college guys who think they are intellectually superior to everybody else, kill a fourteen year old boy just for sport. One of... Full review
I agree with Ms. Brown COMPLETELY
Jan 05, 2007
kenn_honeyman - imdb.com
I had never even heard of this movie until today.WHERE in the world are the historians?This is on par for courtroom drama with Lionel Barrymore's great dissertation at the end of, "A Free Soul"-1931.This, also, was a fact based portrayal... Full review
The Perfect Crime ?
Dec 23, 2006
ragosaal - imdb.com
"Compulsion" deals with the Nathan Leopold and Dickie Loeb murder case in Chicago back in the early 1920's. Leopold and Loeb both came of wealthy Jewish families and decided to kill a little boy (Bobby Franks) just to demonstrate they were... Full review
Engaging crime drama -- Perfect rental
Aug 02, 2006
redking03672 - yahoo.com
Thought provoking on important issues of that day and today -- a great death penalty drama. It's also a great character study of two young "brilliant" killers. Questions insanity vs. "normal killer thinking", and death-penalty vs. life-in-prison. Made me think about... Full review
Engaging crime drama -- Perfect rental
Aug 02, 2006
Right Hook Rich - yahoo.com
Thought provoking on important issues of that day and today -- a great death penalty drama. It's also a great character study of two young "brilliant" killers. Questions insanity vs. "normal killer thinking", and death-penalty vs. life-in-prison. Made me think about... Full review

Critics Reviews

| May 30, 2006
Film Threat, Hollywood's Indie V
It's what makes "Compulsion" ever compelling, and worth the time to ask the questions that should always be considered in a murder case.....When Orson Welles speaks in any of his films, he makes words sound.... ... Full Review
| May 23, 2006
DVD Talk
His final monologue in the courthouse is a virtuoso performance. Stockwell plays him with a tense fragility. Given Welles' reputation as a ham, it's nice to see him working with such restraint. ... Full Review

Reel.com
In its day, Compulsion , a recounting of the infamous 1924 Leopold and Loeb murder trial, may have seemed, well, compelling. In fact, Welles' performance as the legendary lawyer is so strong it lifts up the rest of the disappointing film, even though the acclaimed actor doesn't appear until well past the mid-point. ... Full Review

MTV.com
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. Tautly directed by Richard Fleischer, the film is an outstanding, believable courtroom drama. ... Full Review

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