Compulsion

Overview

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. Artie Straus Bradford Dillman is a sadistic, mother-dominated bully. Judd Steiner Dean Stockwell is a submissive, introverted sissy. Having been raised by wealthy, arrogant families, both Artie and Judd consider themselves above conventional morality. Unfeeling and conceited, the boys, after ...
See more details below
DVD
$13.64
BN.com price
(Save 9%)$14.99 List Price

Pick Up In Store

Reserve and pick up in 60 minutes at your local store

Other sellers (DVD)
  • All (10) from $9.50   
  • New (6) from $9.50   
  • Used (4) from $9.99   

Overview

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. Artie Straus Bradford Dillman is a sadistic, mother-dominated bully. Judd Steiner Dean Stockwell is a submissive, introverted sissy. Having been raised by wealthy, arrogant families, both Artie and Judd consider themselves above conventional morality. Unfeeling and conceited, the boys, after the killing, take delight in offering to aid in finding the culprits. It is this arrogance which leads to their capture and prosecution for the murders. Jonathan Wilk Orson Welles, playing a Clarence Darrow-like criminal defense attorney, takes on the case, and puts on a defense, without the cooperation of his clients, who will offer no explanation for what they have done. Bradford Dillman gives an outstanding performance, as does Dean Stockwell as the utterly unsympathetic murderers. Orson Welles is flamboyantly imposing as Wilk, who must use all his wits to try to save the boys from execution. Compulsion is a suspenseful courtroom drama, even though most viewers will know the outcome. Tautly directed by Richard Fleischer, the film is an outstanding, believable courtroom drama.
Read More Show Less

Special Features

Closed Caption; Widescreen feature with Theatrical Trailer; Teaser; Fox Flix: St. Valentine's Day Massacre and Murder, Inc
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
The Leopold and Loeb trial of the 1920s captured the popular imagination of the American people for much of the 20th century. The sociopathic notion of two affluent young men committing murder just to prove they could get away with the crime has a nihilistic, modern feel to it, and in many ways it still influences the way we think about crime. It's no surprise, then, that the case has been the basis for three fine films: Alfred Hitchcock's Rope, Richard Fleischer's Compulsion and Tom Kalin's Swoon. Of the three, Compulsion is arguably the best, as it sticks closest to the facts of the case. Fleischer's emphasis is on the courtroom drama, and to that end, he's aided by the outstanding performances of Dean Stockwell and Bradford Dillman as the Leopold and Loeb-derived criminals and Orson Welles as their lawyer, modeled on Clarence Darrow. Welles' impassioned pleas to save the boys from the death penalty -- written by Richard Murphy, though the actor may have been responsible for much of his dialogue -- provide the film with some of its finest moments.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/23/2006
  • UPC: 024543238515
  • Original Release: 1959
  • Rating:

  • Source: 20Th Century Fox
  • Region Code: 1
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:43:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 36,619

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Orson Welles Jonathan Wilk
Dean Stockwell Judd Steiner
Bradford Dillman Artie Straus
Diane Varsi Ruth Evans
E.G. Marshall D.A. Horn
Martin Milner Sid Brooks
Richard Anderson Max Steiner
Edward Binns Tom Daly
Robert Burton Mr. Straus
Wilton Graff Mr. Steiner
Louise Lorimer Mrs. Straus
Gavin MacLeod Padua
Terry Becker Benson
Russ Bender Edgar Llewellyn
Gerry Lock Emma
Harry Carter Detective Davis
Simon Scott Det. Brown
Voltaire Perkins Judge
Robert Simon Lt. Johnson
Ina Balin Mike's Girlfriend
Peter Brocco Albert
Frank Conroy
Wendell Holmes Jonas Kessler
Henry Kulky Waiter
Jack Lomas Coroner
Dayton Lummis Doctor
Technical Credits
Richard Fleischer Director
Eli Benneche Set Decoration/Design
Eugene Grossman Sound/Sound Designer
Ben Kadish Asst. Director
Mark-Lee Kirk Production Designer
Charles LeMaire Costumes/Costume Designer
Harry M. Leonard Sound/Sound Designer
William C. Mellor Cinematographer
Richard Murphy Screenwriter
Lionel Newman Score Composer
Ben Nye Sr. Makeup
Adele Palmer Costumes/Costume Designer
William H. Reynolds Editor
Walter Scott Set Decoration/Design
Lyle Wheeler Production Designer
Richard D. Zanuck Producer
Read More Show Less

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Complusion
1. Perfect Crime
2. Main Titles
3. Anything You Say
4. Superior Intellect
5. Too Big
6. Coming Up Empty
7. Blame Game
8. Strange Birds
9. Deflecting Suspicion
10. Emotionally Detached
11. Afraid
12. Three Pairs of Glasses
13. A Coupel of Tramps
14. Dining Out
15. Pointing the Finger
16. Best in the Country
17. Like a Child
18. Legal Tactics
19. Building a Defense
20. Change of Plea
21. Mental Condition
22. Pity
23. In the Name of Justice
24. Hand of God
Read More Show Less

Menu

Disc #1 -- Compulsion
   Play
   Scene Selection
   Language Selection
      Languages: English 4.0 Surround
      Languages: French Stereo
      Languages: Spanish Mono
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Spanish
      Subtitles: Off
   Special Features
      Theatrical Trailer
      Teaser
      Fox Flix: The St. Valentine's Day Massacre
      Fox Flix: Murder, Inc.
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously