Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Richard Fleischer|
|Produced by||Richard D. Zanuck|
|Screenplay by||Richard Murphy|
by Meyer Levin
|Music by||Lionel Newman|
|Cinematography||William C. Mellor|
|Editing by||William H. Reynolds|
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox|
|Running time||103 mins.
99 mins. (FMC Library Print)
|Box office||$1.8 million (est. US/ Canada rentals)|
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 based on the Leopold and Loeb murder trial. It was the first film Richard D. Zanuck produced.
Artie Strauss and Judd Steiner (Bradford Dillman and Dean Stockwell) kill a boy on his way home from school in order to commit the "perfect crime". Strauss tries to cover it up, but they are caught when police find a key piece of evidence — Steiner's glasses, which he inadvertently leaves at the scene of the crime. Famed attorney Jonathan Wilk (Orson Welles) takes their case, saving them from hanging by making an impassioned closing argument against capital punishment. 
- Orson Welles as Jonathan Wilk
- Diane Varsi as Ruth Evans
- Dean Stockwell as Judd Steiner
- Bradford Dillman as Artie Strauss
- E. G. Marshall as District Attorney Harold Horn
- Martin Milner as Sid Brooks
- Richard Anderson as Max Steiner
- Robert F. Simon as Police Lt. Johnson (as Robert Simon)
- Edward Binns as Tom Daly
- Robert Burton as Charles Straus
- Wilton Graff as Mr. Steiner
- Louise Lorimer as Mrs. Strauss aka 'Mumsy'
- Gavin MacLeod as Padua - Horn's Assistant
- Solomon, Aubrey. Twentieth Century Fox: A Corporate and Financial History (The Scarecrow Filmmakers Series). Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, 1989. ISBN 978-0-8108-4244-1. p252
- "1959: Probable Domestic Take", Variety, 6 January 1960 p 34
- Jake Hinkson (October 19, 2012). "Leopold and Loeb Still Fascinate 90 Years Later". criminalelement.com. Retrieved October 23, 2012.
- "Festival de Cannes: Compulsion". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-02-14.
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