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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)
Adalgiza Chermont ... 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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Trivia

Helen Mirren replaced Bette Midler. Midler was forced to bow out of the project after suffering a herniated disc. 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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References Easy Rider (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

Spanish Harlem
Written by Phil Spector and Jerry Leiber
Performed by Rebecca Pidgeon
Courtesy of Chesky Records
By arrangement with Manhattan Production Music
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somewhat disappointing
20 November 2014 | by See all my reviews

Legendary record producer Phil Spector (Al Pacino) is accused of murdering Lana Clarkson. He insists that she killed herself. His defense attorney Bruce Cutler (Jeffrey Tambor) hires consultant Linda Kenney Baden (Helen Mirren) to help. The evidence is circumstantial but the most damning is probably Spector himself.

With David Mamet, Al Pacino, and Helen Mirren, I had greater hopes. Sure it's just a TV movie but HBO likes to think of themselves as more than TV. It's mostly about the behind the scenes of the defense during the trial as they cobble the evidence together. Without both sides, the movie feels like it's missing something. Pacino is throwing a lot into his performance. Mirren is solid. The most interesting part for me is the opening text of NOT based on a true story. After that, some of the inside baseball looked interesting. The case isn't that complicated. I come away with the feeling that this is only the most superficial of a look inside of Spector's mind.


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