Phil Spector (film)

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Phil Spector
Distributed by HBO Films
Directed by David Mamet
Written by David Mamet
Starring Al Pacino
Helen Mirren
Jeffrey Tambor
Music by Marcelo Zarvos
Country United States
Language English
Release date
  • March 24, 2013 (2013-03-24)

Phil Spector is a biographical television film directed and written by David Mamet. The film is based on the life of record producer, songwriter and musician Phil Spector, and was released by HBO Films on March 24, 2013, in United States.[1] It stars Al Pacino as Phil Spector, Helen Mirren as defense attorney Linda Kenney Baden, and Jeffrey Tambor as Bruce Cutler. It focuses primarily on the relationship between Phil Spector and Linda Kenney Baden, his defense attorney during the first of his two murder trials for the 2003 death of Lana Clarkson in his California mansion.

The film opens with an unusual disclaimer from HBO, stating the film to be fiction, and not based on real events.[2][3]

The film was originally supposed to star Bette Midler as Linda, but Midler left the project after suffering a back injury and having to be carried off the set.[4]

Cast[edit]

Reception[edit]

The film has received mixed to positive reviews from critics. Review aggregator site Metacritic has given the film a score of 60 out of 100, signifying "mixed or average reviews".

Awards and nominations[edit]

The film was nominated for eleven Primetime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Miniseries or Movie, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie for Al Pacino, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie for Helen Mirren, and Outstanding Directing and Writing for a Miniseries or Movie for David Mamet.

The film has also been nominated for two Golden Globe Awards for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film (Pacino) and Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film (Mirren).

The film has also been nominated for two Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie (Pacino) and Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie (Mirren).

Pacino was also nominated for the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Movie/Miniseries Actor at the 3rd Critics' Choice Television Awards.

Year Association Category Nominee Result
2013 Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Movie/Miniseries Actor Al Pacino Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Art Direction for a Miniseries or a Movie Patrizia von Brandenstein, Fredda Slavin, Diane Lederman Nominated
Outstanding Costumes for a Miniseries, Movie or Special Debra McGuire, Lorraine Calvert Nominated
Outstanding Hairstyling for a Miniseries or a Movie Stanley Hall, Cydney Cornell, Michael Kriston Nominated
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie Al Pacino Nominated
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie Helen Mirren Nominated
Outstanding Makeup for a Miniseries or a Movie Chris Bingham, Hildie Ginsberg, John Caglione, Jr. Nominated
Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Miniseries or a Movie Gary Alper, Roy Waldspurger, Michael Barry Nominated
Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special David Mamet Nominated
Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special David Memet Nominated
Outstanding Miniseries or Movie Phil Spector Nominated
2014 Golden Globe Awards Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film Al Pacino Nominated
Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film Helen Mirren Nominated
Satellite Awards Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film Al Pacino Nominated
Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film Helen Mirren Nominated
Best Miniseries or Television Film Phil Spector Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie Helen Mirren Won
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie Al Pacino Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Al Pacino's Phil Spector moment: HBO's film still deconstructed". guardian.co.uk. February 5, 2013. Retrieved March 10, 2013. 
  2. ^ Steve Pond. "HBO's 'Phil Spector' Issues Odd Disclaimer: 'We're Not Based on a True Story'". TheWrap.com. Retrieved April 5, 2013. 
  3. ^ Brian Lowry. "TV Review: ‘Phil Spector’". Variety. Retrieved April 5, 2013. 
  4. ^ Lloyd Grove. "Phil Spector's Jersey Girl Lawyer: Meet the Real Linda Kenney Baden". thedailybeast.com. Retrieved June 5, 2013. 

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