Compulsion (1959)

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Two wealthy law-school students go on trial for murder in this version of the Leopold-Loeb case.


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  • Dean Stockwell in Compulsion (1959)
  • Orson Welles and Diane Varsi in Compulsion (1959)
  • Dean Stockwell and Bradford Dillman in Compulsion (1959)
  • Dean Stockwell and Bradford Dillman in Compulsion (1959)
  • Orson Welles, Dean Stockwell, and Bradford Dillman in Compulsion (1959)
  • Orson Welles, Dean Stockwell, and Bradford Dillman in Compulsion (1959)

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31 May 2010 | watkins-fairbanks
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| The Magic Of Dean Stockwell
If "Compulsion" is still such a powerful film is, totally, Dean Stockwell's merit. What a sensational actor! I'm writing this the day after the announcement of Dennis Hopper's death and while I was looking for a Dennis Hopper movie to watch a came across "Compulsion" Not Hopper but Stockwell and I settled for that anyway. I was riveted by Stockwell's performance because everyone else (with the natural exception of Orson Wells and E G Marshall) seems so dated and acted that Dean's every moment is sheer magic. He doesn't shy away from the awfulness but makes his young monster totally human, provoking in us that element that Orson Welles's closing argument tries to bring to the forefront. If you love great acting, you can't afford to miss Dean Stockwell in "Compulsion"

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