Anatomy of a Murder


Plot – Paul Biegler has to defend Lieutenant Manion, who has killed Barney Quill after he insulted his wife Laura. Biegler hesitates at first, then he accepts due to his partner Parnell’s insistences. The trial is difficult as the accused has already confessed and there aren’t witnesses on his behalf. The prosecutor, a political opponent of Biegler, is assisted by another famous lawyer. In addition, the victim was a man with many important friends. Biegler studies the case in all its details but he concludes sometimes jealousy leads to excessive reactions.

Movie Info

Title Anatomy of a Murder

Year 1959

Director Otto Preminger


Top 7 Quotes of “Anatomy of a Murder” Movie

“- Paul Biegler: Mr. Paquette, what would you call a man with an insatiable penchant for women?
– Alphonse Paquette: A what?
– Paul Biegler: A penchant… a desire… taste… passion?
– Alphonse Paquette: Well, uh, ladies’ man, I guess. Or maybe just a damn fool!”
James Stewart – Paul Biegler
Murray Hamilton – Alphonse Paquette

“- Paul Biegler: You’re fired.
– Maida Rutledge: You can’t fire me until you pay me.”
James Stewart – Paul Biegler
Eve Arden – Maida Rutledge

“- Paul Biegler: She’s a very pretty woman, your wife…
– Lt. Frederick Manion: A man gets used to the ways his wife looks.”
James Stewart – Paul Biegler
Ben Gazzara – Lt. Frederick Manion

“Twelve people go off into a room: twelve different minds, twelve different hearts, from twelve different walks of life; twelve sets of eyes, ears, shapes, and sizes. And these twelve people are asked to judge another human being as different from them as they are from each other. And in their judgment, they must become of one mind – unanimous….”
Arthur O’Connell – Parnell Emmett McCarthy

“One judge is quite like another. The only differences may be in the state of their digestions or their proclivities for sleeping on the bench. For myself, I can digest pig iron. And while I might appear to doze occasionally, you will find that I am easily awakened, particularly if shaken gently by a good lawyer with a nice point of law.”
Joseph N. Welch – Judge Weaver

“Gin!… I knew there was something wrong with that guy. I never met a gin drinker yet that you could trust.”
Arthur O’Connell -Parnell Emmett McCarthy

“As a lawyer, I’ve had to learn that people aren’t just good or just bad. People are many things.”
James Stewart – Paul Biegler