James Stewart, John Dall, Farley Granger, Constance Collier
Alfred Hitchcock (Director), Arthur Laurents (Screenplay), Ben Hecht (Screenplay)
Released: Aug. 23rd, 1948
Runtime: 1 hour, 20 minutes
Two young men strangle their "inferior" classmate, hide his body in their apartment, and invite his friends and family to a dinner party as a means to challenge the "perfection" of their crime.
Based on the real life Leopold murder case...Two young intellectual college men decide to murder their classmate, who they consider to be inferior...just to prove that the perfect murder can indeed be committed.
Even though the idea of murder as sport is rather twisted, it's not nearly as twisted as Brandon's heinous justification for this crime...it would have been one thing if he and David had gotten in a struggle with a gun and it went off accidentally or if David was killed in self-defense, but to commit murder because the victim is your intellectual inferior is disgusting and cannot be rationalized in any way.