#250: Anatomy of a Murder (1959)

When and how did I watch this?

August 18th, 2015, on Amazon Prime on the Roku.  My wife and I had chocolate milk for our “snack”.

Had I seen this film already?

No; hadn’t heard of it.

What did I know about the movie before watching it?

Nothing, really.  James Stewart was a plus, but I’m not much for courtroom films.

What do I know about it now?

They did dialogue far better in the 50s.  Everyone in the film knows how to deliver lines and knows exactly what they’re doing with their expression and delivery. It’s nothing flashy at all, but it’s compelling and well-written.

What are some themes in the film?

Murder, deception, facing your own morality (you’re rooting for a killer and his attorney by the end), loyalty, fidelity.

Did this affect me personally?

Somewhat. It wasn’t earth-shaking, but I can’t say I’ll forget it quickly.

Why is this ranked #250?

It’s better written than several of my favorite movies, and James Stewart makes every film better. There’s no frame of reference yet, so we’ll have to wait.

Did my wife watch/like it?

My wife liked it more than I did.

Would I watch it again?

Probably not, unless it were in front of me.

Would I recommend it to a friend?


Does it deserve to be on this list as one of the greatest films of all time?


At 2 hr 40 min, the film was lengthy for its pace, but I felt nothing was wasted.

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  1. “James Stewart makes every film better.” I agree 100%!


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