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Judd Steiner (Dean Stockwell) and Artie Strauss (Bradford Dillman) discuss their defense with attorney Jonathan Wilk (Orson Welles).
Judd Steiner (Dean Stockwell) and Artie Strauss (Bradford Dillman) discuss their defense with attorney Jonathan Wilk (Orson Welles).

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Basics Critics:71Viewers:70Rusty:81
Category: Bio/History, Crime, Drama, Mystery/Noir/ThrillerNotable as: Crime FictionSub-Category: drama film, crime film, film noir, trial film, film adaptationMain subject: capital punishmentNarrative location: ChicagoRuntime: 103 minutesColor: black-and-white filmLanguage: EnglishCountry: United StatesFilming location: Los Angeles, ChicagoDirector: Richard FleischerScreenwriter: Richard MurphyMusic: Lionel NewmanCinematography: William C. MellorStars: Orson Welles, Diane Varsi, Dean Stockwell, Bradford Dillman, E. G. Marshall, Martin Milner, Richard Anderson, Edward Binns, Robert Burton Producer: Richard D. ZanuckStudio: 20th Century FoxAward details: (details at IMDb)

Compulsion is a 1959 American crime drama film directed by Richard Fleischer. The film is based on the 1956 novel of the same name by Meyer Levin, which in turn was a fictionalized account of the Leopold and Loeb murder trial. It was the first film produced by Richard D. Zanuck. Although the principal roles are played by Dean Stockwell and Bradford Dillman, top billing went to Orson Welles, who does not appear in the film's first hour.

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