A deaf man working at his father's high tech chemical engineering firm witnesses criminals fleeing from the firm's headquarters just after they've stolen an ultra-valuable experimental ... See full summary », Theresa is one of the twelve jurors who have to decide about a case of assassination. Narrator: As the case unfolded over that hot summer of 1924 -- with Cook County Prosecutor Robert Crowe and famed defense attorney Clarence Darrow debating the death penalty and scores of commentators weighing in from the sidelines -- the question of motive would be turned over and over again. Why would someone like Nathan Leopold want to kidnap a young child? Hal Higdon, Writer: It was almost as though he had been scripted by Shakespeare. A ransom note had been sent to his parents, but before they'd had a chance to pay, the kidnappers had killed their son. Over the next five weeks, Leopold and Loeb would be subject to rigorous examinations derived from the cutting edge of modern science. Simon Baatz, Historian: The two boys were originally held separately in separate rooms, and Robert Crowe first went to Richard. John Logan, Playwright: One of the terrifying implications of the case in 1924 was, if the boys who had everything in the world ahead of them could do this act, why could not other people do this act? It wasn't just a matter of good and evil. Clarence Darrow was thought as a legal miracle worker. The evidence shown on the film that is used to prosecute the suspected murderer is frighteningly circumstantial, it scared me to think that a court would accept such evidence in a trial - the main bit of evidence seems to be the 'method' of the murder, which is figured out while Jensen is stuffing a turkey. Perfect Movie cmmalt4 September 2005 I have seen this movie before and enjoyed it very much. And then Clarence Darrow who was a complete shambling mess. They became fast friends -- somewhat to the bewilderment of those who knew them both. Also sign me up for FanMail to get updates on all things movies: tickets, special offers, screenings + more. Votes:185,369|Gross:$65.45M. John Logan, Playwright: The crime itself was so shocking. Narrator: Crowe hammered away at the facts of the case for seven full days: the senseless, brutal slaying of a 14-year-old boy, the calculated disposal of the material evidence, the glib demeanor of the killers once they'd been caught. Back in his cell at the county jail, Nathan called to the sheriff and arranged for what surely would be the boys' last good meal: thick steaks smothered in onions and chocolate éclairs. The Process, a documentary film that takes the audience for an inside, behind the scenes look of world renowned acting and directing coach, Larry Moss. His philosophy was definitely, "hate the sin and love the sinner." A Perfect Murder is based on Frederick Knott's play Dial M for Murder, filmed by Alfred Hitchcock in 1954. PG-13 | 1h 32min | Mystery | TV Movie 9 July 1997. You had some ministers saying it was because Americans were over-educating their children. The verdict would provoke outrage across the country, and accusations that the defendants had bought their way out of the hangman's noose. It is not known whether the … John A. Farrell, Writer: He wants to make a statement about capital punishment. He wore clothes incredibly well. You know, the music is wild, the skirts were short, there was gin, it was a fast living society. Nathan Leopold thought he was heading for the hangman. Perfect Crime ( 1997) Perfect Crime. Paula Fass, Historian: What the Leopold and Loeb defense team did was to introduce Freudian interpretations into the courtroom, and that was all very new. PG-13 1 hr 28 min Jul 7th, 1997 TV Movie, Mystery. 4.8 out of 5 stars 15 ratings. Perfect Crime is a 1987 murder mystery/thriller play by Warren Manzi. Narrator: Leopold and Loeb confessed that they'd bludgeoned Franks with a chisel, then crammed a rag into his mouth -- which had suffocated him. Susana Fernandes, Post Production As used by some criminologists and others who study criminal investigations (including mystery writers), a perfect crime goes unsolved not because of incompetence in the investigation, but because of the cleverness and skill of the criminal. Harry Ransom Center/ The University of Texas at Austin Hal Higdon, Writer: Attorney Crowe really was sort of between a rock and a hard place. Narrator: The police had few clues: the ransom note, a tip about a grey sedan that had been idling where Bobby Franks was last seen, and a pair of eyeglasses found near the body. A Perfect Murder is a 1998 American crime thriller film directed by Andrew Davis and starring Michael Douglas, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Viggo Mortensen. John Logan, Playwright: Leopold was seen as the monster. He had a flashing smile. When confronted with the eyeglasses, the young man shrugged. But the perpetrators of the "perfect crime" would continue to compel fascination for decades to come. Clarence Darrow (James Cromwell, audio): Why then did these two boys commit this rash and horrible deed? Is there something wrong? Mitzi Kapture portrays a military investigator trying to convict an officer of killing his wife. (Enter your ZIP code for information on American Experience events and screening in your area.). So Richard is blaming Nathan, Nathan is blaming Richard. Their bodily functions were measured, intelligence tested, family histories probed. He was the know-it-all who would have an opinion on everything. Meanwhile, the boys' unfathomable crime prompted a rash of national hand-wringing over the perils of modern life. Convinced the officer committed the crime but hindered by lack of physical evidence (including a body), she must interview military personnel who have differing views of the events and circumstances surrounding the murder. Stephen McCarthy, Sound Recording Corbis With Alfred Hitchcock, Vincent Price, James Gregory, Gavin Gordon. He may well have been this way - but it makes it so hard to believe that Jensen would be the only person who could suspect him or that Russell would be so dumb to make himself such a suspect. Although it seemed doubtful that the boy had had any hand in the murder, Crowe sent three detectives to the Leopold home with orders to bring Nathan in for questioning. We've curated a list of lesser-known films to help you explore the space-time continuum from the comfort of your couch. Get a sneak peek of the new version of this page. Leigh Moran Armstrong Carol Steiker, Professor of Law: Darrow has this radical idea that he's going to introduce evidence about his clients' backgrounds, and about their mental states to argue for a sentence less than death. (TV Movie 1997). Simon Baatz, Historian: And suddenly on the other side of the street they saw Bobby Franks who was the cousin of Richard Loeb. The glasses, he said, must have fallen at some point from his jacket pocket. But Chicago's bookies had already begun offering three to one odds against a death sentence. This takes all the mystery out of the film and only leaves the mystery concerning how they managed to get him convicted with no body. In love with murder. Caverly is not very happy with this situation because the whole responsibility rests upon his shoulders. Paula Fass, Historian: They literally demonstrated how they had done it and walked them through the scenes of the crime as if once they were discovered they were proud of the plotting. In other words, the defining factor is the primary causative influence of the criminal's ability to avoid investigation and reprisal, and not so much the ability of the investigating authority to perform its duties. Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan A Perfect Crime is a 1921 American silent comedy drama film directed by Allan Dwan and starring Monte Blue, Jacqueline Logan, and Stanton Heck. All of these things rained down on the Leopold and Loeb case. Richard started out by committing small acts of vandalism -- stealing cars, setting fire to buildings. Paula Fass, Historian: The psychiatrists argue that, in fact, it was Loeb and not Leopold who was responsible and that Leopold had been his servant, that there had been a master/slave relationship between the two of them. Streamline Films, Inc. Narrator: Speaking continuously for the better part of three days, Darrow offered the court a rambling summary of the reasons Leopold and Loeb should be spared. It is not your average mystery drama in my opinion, but rather similar to the popular criminal documentary programs in as much as it doesn't follow a regular fictional-Hollywood type plot but takes on a … He believed people act the way they act because they're brought up in poverty or because they themselves have been ill-treated, and that the supreme virtue was mercy. You must be a registered user to use the IMDb rating plugin. John Logan, Playwright: They both zoomed through school, zoomed into college well ahead of their peers. It is a modern remake of Alfred Hitchcock 's 1954 film Dial M for Murder, though the characters' names are all changed, and over half the plot is completely rewritten and altered. Crime movies have been popular as long as movies have been around, and the world keeps providing ever stranger real-life material for them to use. It was, the prosecutor said, "the most cruel, cowardly, dastardly murder ever committed in the annals of American jurisprudence." Although the whole thing is poorly scripted and doesn't provide any interest or insight the actors must shoulder some of the blame. Kevin Hurley/Kauffman & Davis, Musicians And I think to him it's because there's a certain exceptionality about crime. Molly accidentally takes a picture of a woman who turns out to be her mother, who abandoned her fourteen years ago. You couldn't help looking at him. Format: DVD. Leopold who was intense and brooding and his hair was always shining and he was very sort of well put together. Simon Baatz, Historian: I think that the murder said something to people about American society. This docuseries investigates the 1991 killing of politician Detlev Rohwedder, an unsolved mystery at the heart of Germany's tumultuous reunification. And it's that inner fantasy life that created the bond between the two boys. Both the scion of wealthy Jewish families, they'd been raised in comfort and had spent their childhoods in the constant care of governesses, mere blocks from one another. Security was tight, the mood tense, as Caverly began to read from three sheets of lined paper. John A. Farrell, Writer: Constantly through the trial he is going back, returning to the savagery of the crime. They never said sorry. Brian Leiter Your Honor stands between the past and the future. Charles Deering McCormick Library of Special Collections, Northwestern University Library He'd been sent by Nathan's father with information Mr. Leopold was sure proved the boys' innocence. Paula Fass, Historian: There are mysteries wrapped inside of enigmas in this case and it's why it won't go away. Narrator: What would end with the murder of Bobby Franks had begun almost innocently, with a scheme Richard devised to cheat at cards. Although Kaori can't see a future with Fuyuki, she still loves him and continues their relationship. He does so quite thoroughly. Literally looking for a victim. For 12 days, Chicago and the world waited while Caverly wrestled with his decision. Narrator: Referring to the two as Babe and Dickie, their childhood nicknames, the witnesses for the defense argued that both boys suffered from stunted emotional growth.