6.3/10
5,378
35 user 29 critic

Phil Spector (2013)

TV-MA | | Biography, Drama | TV Movie 24 March 2013
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.

Director:

Writer:

Reviews
Popularity
3,598 ( 169)

Watch Now

With Prime Video

WATCH NOW
Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 2 wins & 35 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

You Don't Know Jack (TV Movie 2010)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A look at the life and work of doctor-assisted suicide advocate Jack Kevorkian.

Director: Barry Levinson
Stars: Al Pacino, Brenda Vaccaro, John Goodman
The Humbling (2014)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A stage actor who is slowly losing his mind engages in a relationship with a sexually confused younger woman.

Director: Barry Levinson
Stars: Al Pacino, Greta Gerwig, Nina Arianda
Manglehorn (2014)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Left heartbroken by the woman he loved and lost many years ago, Manglehorn, an eccentric small-town locksmith, tries to start his life over again with the help of a new friend.

Director: David Gordon Green
Stars: Al Pacino, Holly Hunter, Harmony Korine
Salomé (2013)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The Biblical story of Salome, a girl who agrees to perform the "dance of the seven veils" in return for John the Baptist's head on a silver platter.

Director: Al Pacino
Stars: Kevin Anderson, Jessica Chastain, Ralph Guzzo
Two Bits (1995)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

It's a hot summer day in 1933 in South Philly, where 12-year old Gennaro lives with his widowed mom and his ailing grandpa, who sits outside holding tight to his last quarter, which he's ... See full summary »

Director: James Foley
Stars: Al Pacino, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Jerry Barone
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Two symbiotic sociopaths play obscurely deviant mind games with each other while engaging in perversely brutal acts of violence against victims apparently chosen at random.

Director: David F. Wheeler
Stars: Al Pacino, Paul Guilfoyle, Joseph Maher
People I Know (2002)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A New York press agent must scramble when his major client becomes embroiled in a huge scandal.

Director: Daniel Algrant
Stars: Al Pacino, Téa Leoni, Ryan O'Neal
Danny Collins (2015)
Comedy | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

An aging rock star decides to change his life when he discovers a 40-year-old letter written to him by John Lennon.

Director: Dan Fogelman
Stars: Al Pacino, Annette Bening, Jennifer Garner
City Hall (1996)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

The accidental shooting of a boy in New York leads to an investigation by the Deputy Mayor, and unexpectedly far-reaching consequences.

Director: Harold Becker
Stars: Al Pacino, John Cusack, Bridget Fonda
Stand Up Guys (2012)
Comedy | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A pair of aging stickup men try to get the old gang back together for one last hurrah before one of the guys takes his last assignment - to kill his comrade.

Director: Fisher Stevens
Stars: Al Pacino, Christopher Walken, Alan Arkin
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
Dr. Fallon
...
...
...
ADA Alan Jackson
...
...
Music Store Owner
...
Mr. Brown
...
James
...
Bodyguard
...
Bodyguard (as Vernon W. Campbell)
...
Focus Group Woman (as Adalgiza Chemountd)
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The truth is somewhere in the mix.

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Certificate:

TV-MA | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

24 March 2013 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Fall Phil Spector  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Helen Mirren and Jeffrey Tambor worked together in another movie. The movie was called Teaching Mrs. Tingle. See more »

Goofs

Phil Spector claims that Mary Jo Kopechne drowned in a Volkswagen driven off a bridge by Ted Kennedy -actually it was an Oldsmobile. See more »

Quotes

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

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 »

Connections

References The Spanish Prisoner (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Barbarian Queen Theme
Written by Johnny Caruso and Brian Barrale
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
preparation for a trial
15 November 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you're thinking this film is about the trial of Phil Spector, it isn't. It does, however, contain a lot about preparing for the trial.

Helen Mirren is Linda Kenney Baden, who reluctantly takes on the murder case of Phil Spector, who is accused of killing Lana Clarkson in his home. Spector claims it was suicide.

Baden reluctantly finds herself believing him, as she performs a series of experiments that to her prove he could not have done it. Though trying to talk with Spector is very difficult, she also finds herself liking him.

This is a good character study, if a little on the slow side. It would have been dreadful without Mirren and Pacino, however. Pacino plays Spector as a pathetic has-been who brags about his past accomplishments as he sits isolated in his home,"The Castle." He loses his temper often and goes off on tangents. "Would I have lost everything for her?" he asks Mirren about Clarkson. Because of his crazy behavior and history with guns and women, Spector is in a lot of trouble.

The film brings us through the mock trial and Baden's attempts to have Spector take the stand to see if he can do it. It's a disaster. On the day of the trial, he shows up in a huge fright wig and looks terrifying. Baden has her work cut out for her.

Mirren is wonderful as a woman with a cold that turns into pneumonia who is nonetheless vigorous in her defense. The best scene is when she receives a suggestion from an associate. To illustrate a point, she shows a young attorney the yellow piece that used to go in the middle of a .45 record - he doesn't know what it is. She shows him a .45 record and he guesses, "something for the computer?" She turns to her associate and says, "None of these people are going to know what you're talking about." Mirren is masterful.

In the end, which is not part of the movie, the first trial was a mistrial, but Baden could not take part in the second trial and he was convicted.

This HBO movie is worth seeing for the performances. It is slow at times, but then again, it's not very long.


2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?