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Phil Spector (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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Phil Spector
... Linda Kenney Baden
... Bruce Cutler
... Mock Prosecutor
... Dr. Fallon
... Nick Stavros
... Judge Fidler
... ADA Alan Jackson
... Dr. Spitz
... Music Store Owner
... Mr. Brown
... James
... Bodyguard
... Bodyguard (as Vernon W. Campbell)
... Focus Group Woman (as Adalgiza Chemountd)
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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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The truth is somewhere in the mix.

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Biography | Drama | Music

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24 March 2013 (USA)  »

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Der Fall Phil Spector  »

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Trivia

The film revolves around the murder of Lana Clarkson. Clarkson appeared in Scarface (1983) together with Al Pacino, who plays Phil Spector in this film. See more »

Goofs

Phil drapes the shawl around Linda's shoulders as they are standing. In the next scene as they sit, the shawl is draped around Linda's arms. 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.
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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 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

When I Saw You
Written by Phil Spector (as Philip Spector)
Performed by The Ronettes
Courtesy of EMI Blackwood Mus Inc.
On behalf of Phil Spector Records and Mother Bertha Music, Inc.
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10 October 2015 | by See all my reviews

Nice TV movie about the trial of record producer Phil Spector.

Al Pacino as Spector, Helen Mirren as the lawyer who represents him.

Good writing/directing by David Mamet, good acting. Nothing amazing, but it's a good court drama that kept me interested throughout the movie.

As the remark in the beginning of the movie says, it's fictionalized, and I treated the movie like that - some of the situations were obviously fictionalized (such as the trial rehearsal and the entire lawyers office, which seems more like a police station). I don't know how accurate the details presented in the movie are, but if it's half right then it raises some serious questions about the case.


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