Record Producer Phil Spector (Al Pacino) hires Bruce Cutler (Jeffrey Tambor) to defend him when he's accused of murder. Cutler persuades Linda Kenney Baden (Dame Helen Mirren) 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?
The truth is somewhere in the mix.
Did You Know?
In his opening monologue Phil Spector talks about Senator Ted Kennedy's 1968 infamous car accident in Martha's Vineyard. He claims the Senator "hid under a blanket" after drowning a "teenager" in a "Volkswagen". Although he did hide under a blanket for 72 hours, Mary Jo Kopechne drowned in an Oldsmobile a few days shy of her 29th birthday. See more
The girl fucking shot herself.
'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
References The Spanish Prisoner
You've Lost That Loving Feeling
Written by Barry Mann
, Cynthia Weil
and Phil Spector
Performed by The Righteous Brothers
Courtesy of Universal Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises See more