Compulsion Poster

Release Date: 1959

DVD Release Date: May 23rd, 2006

Not Yet Rated|1 hr 43 min

Plot Summary
Sociopathic students Artie Straus (Bradford Dillman) and Judd Steiner (Dean Stockwell) murder a boy in a philosophical exercise to commit the flawless crime. Despite their precautions, one of them inadvertently left a key piece of evidence at the crime scene, and they have been arrested and put on trial. It's up to their nationally famous attorney (Orson Welles) to save these misguided souls from execution. The film is based on the infamous Leopold and Loeb case of 1924.

Cast: Orson Welles, Dean Stockwell, Bradford Dillman, Diane Varsi, E.G. Marshall, Martin Milner, Richard Anderson, Robert F. Simon

Director: Richard Fleischer

Genres: Crime drama

Keywords: Judge, Tense, Mystery, Murder, Police officer, 1950s, Quest


Nominated Film and British Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1959)