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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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David Mamet

Writer:

David Mamet
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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 2 wins & 35 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Al Pacino ... Phil Spector
Helen Mirren ... Linda Kenney Baden
Jeffrey Tambor ... Bruce Cutler
Chiwetel Ejiofor ... Mock Prosecutor
Rebecca Pidgeon ... Dr. Fallon
John Pirruccello ... Nick Stavros
James Tolkan ... Judge Fidler
David Aaron Baker ... ADA Alan Jackson
Matt Malloy ... Dr. Spitz
Jack Wallace ... Music Store Owner
Dominic Hoffman Dominic Hoffman ... Mr. Brown
Philip Martin ... James
Grim Reaper Q. ... Bodyguard
Vernon Campbell ... Bodyguard (as Vernon W. Campbell)
Adalgiza Chermont ... Focus Group Woman (as Adalgiza Chemountd)
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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>

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The truth is somewhere in the mix.

Genres:

Biography | Drama | Music

Certificate:

TV-MA | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 March 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Fall Phil Spector See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

HBO Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?

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 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.
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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 »

Connections

References Easy Rider (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

Abraham, Martin and John
Written by Dick Holler
Performed by Al Pacino
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I Loved It!
13 January 2014 | by lance-758-562232See all my reviews

Pacino delivers another epic performance absolutely nailing Phil Spector. Helen Mirren was great. David Mamet's writing and dialog are absolutely brilliant.

Now, I don't know about the accuracy of the piece, but it is so powerfully convincing, I could believe it to be the truth. Whether or not was irrelevant to me as the film states upfront that it is not intended to be interpreted as an absolute representation of fact. I mean, the media is more propaganda than anything else, why would one 'expect' gospel truth from a movie?

With the predominance of Shlock in today's film world, I found this to be highly entertaining, I was completely absorbed and thoroughly enjoyed the ride it took me on.


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