A murder trial has the defendant pleading temporary insanity due to the victim raped his wife. Based on the book Anatomy of a Murder by Robert Traver. Traver was the pseudonym for Supreme Court justice John D. Voelker, who based the book on a real trial that he defended. Starring James Stewart, Lee Remick, Ben Gazzara, George C. Scott
Anatomy of a Murder is one of the first films to talk about sex and rape in explicit detail. Thus caused an uproar when it was release in 1959 for the language used in the film. I mean how dare you use the word “panties” instead of underwear. Those facts don’t mean anything if the film isn’t good. This one is one of the top court room dramas. The story slowly unfolds while keeping the suspense to whether or not the defendant is guilty or not. It’s worth a watch.