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.
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Two wealthy law-school students go on trial for murder in this version of the Leopold-Loeb case.
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April 15, 2019