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Phil Spector (2013)

TV Movie  -   -  Biography | Drama  -  24 March 2013 (USA)
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A drama centered on the relationship between Phil Spector and defense attorney Linda Kenney Baden while the music business legend was on trial for the murder of Lana Clarkson.

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Record producer Phil Spector hires Bruce Cutler to defend him when he's accused of murder. Cutler persuades Linda Kenney Baden to advise him. While the prosecution's story is contradicted by facts in the case, there is convincing circumstantial evidence against Spector, not the least of which is his appearance. As Baden gradually takes over the defense, even as she is ill with pneumonia, she must find a way to introduce ballistic evidence in a dramatic enough fashion to plant doubt in the jury's mind. Calling Specter to testify may be the only way to stage the evidence. She coaches him and rehearses him: can he (and she) pull it off? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Helen Mirren replaced Bette Midler. Midler was forced to bow out of the project after suffering a herniated disc. See more »

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In one of the interviews with Phil Spector, he says "Sam Cooke, in bed with some girl, the husband comes home - bam bam bam!". In reality, Sam Cooke was killed by a manager at a motel to which he had brought a prostitute. Sam Cooke was using the toilet in his room when the prostitute ran off with all his clothes, presumably to rob him. Cooke went into frenzy and headed for the manager's office, wearing nothing but shoes and a jacket, to ask where the prostitute had gone. The manager perceived Cooke's aggressive manner as an attack and shot him in the stomach. Court ruled the case as "justifiable homicide" and the manager was freed of all charges. See more »

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Bruce Cutler: She shot herself.
Linda Kenney Baden: You bet she did!
Bruce Cutler: Why?
Linda Kenney Baden: Not our problem anymore.
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Crazy Credits

'This is a work of fiction. It's not "based on a true story." It is a drama inspired by actual persons in a trial, but it is neither an attempt to depict the actual persons, nor to comment upon the trial or its outcome.' See more »

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Featured in The 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Unchained Melody
Written by Alex North and Hy Zaret
Performed by The Righteous Brothers
Courtesy of Universal Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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One-sided but sincere (web)
28 September 2013 | by (PariS) – See all my reviews

This is at last an American movie who tells the truth:

First, unlike many biopics today that hide the changes operated about the real facts, this one opens saying this is a work of fiction!

Next, a bit like the writer Jackie Collins, this is one a few movie that depicts the hidden (real) face of celebrities, far away from shining stars and close to dark neurotics. This Phil Spector is a bit like a white King of Pop as he lives like a recluse in an outstanding mansion and if poised with musical talent, he is however totally unable to behave in the real life.

It's also a kind of old school law movie as the criminal investigation is more about finding motives, witness, training the defendant and designing the murder instead of the boring analysis of the chemical elements of the evidence that we see today.

So, it's really well written (in particular for an analysis of stardom) and as well directed: the opening of the mansion is really great and the huge office that the lawyers build for the case is also intriguing.

Now, Al is really good here: as it's about an eccentric achiever, i found that he has the same energy and shouting power than he had in "Scarface". It's funny to see that Al and Phil really looks alike getting old. At 74, Al shows that he is really among the best actor ever but his career is to atypical to get the impact it should have. Doing TV movies to find attractive characters isn't paying for audience but it says also that screen movies, as Spielberg and Lynch warned, have turned into stinkers.

Unfortunately, for those who wanted a repeat from his brilliant previous "Dr. Death", it doesn't happen: his co-star here Mirren really lacks of presence. Worst, the movie is ultra quick and ends abruptly.


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