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James Stewart, John Dall, Farley Granger, Constance Collier View All


Alfred Hitchcock (Director), Ben Hecht (Writer), Arthur Laurents (Screenplay), Patrick Hamilton (Writer) View All

Release: Aug. 26th, 1948
Runtime: 1 hour, 20 minutes
Two men attempt to prove they committed the perfect crime by hosting a dinner party after strangling their former classmate to death.
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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 commi....
The movie is based on the Leopold and Loeb case and depicts a pair of obviously gay killers (or as obviously as a movie in 1948 could without outright saying it), and while on one level it's obviously a negative role, I think the movie is actually pretty bold in bringing the audience into their pers....
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