Al Pacino and Helen Mirren are so convincing as the freaky music producer and his defense attorney that by the end of HBO's "Phil Spector," it's likely you would vote to acquit, based on reasonable doubt.
And that's with the knowledge that Spector is in prison and has a gun fetish and a violent history.
David Mamet's film, premiering Sunday, March 24, unfolds in 2007, before Spector's first trial. It was the second trial that resulted in Spector's sentence of 19 years to life for the 2003 murder of Lana Clarkson, an actress.
In this, Pacino becomes Spector, uncannily inhabiting the man who was born within four months of him and also raised in the Bronx. The two did not know each other, though they apparently met at a party, where someone took a photo of the two.
"We have a look on our faces that we don't know each other," Pacino tells Zap2it. »
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