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"Compulsion" (also known as "Frenesia del delitto", "Zwang zum Bösen, Der") is a Crime/Drama/Thriller film directed by Richard Fleischer, released on April 01 of 1959 in the USA . Orson Welles and Diane Varsi are starring, alongside Dean Stockwell, Bradford Dillman, E.G. Marshall and Martin Milner.

You know why we did it? Because we damn well felt like doing it!

Who directed "Compulsion":

Compulsion was directed by Richard Fleischer, an American director, producer, actor, and writer.

Before Compulsion, Richard Fleischer had directed The Vikings, released in 1958, Between Heaven and Hell (1956), Bandido (1956), The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing (1955), Violent Saturday (1955), and 20000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954). Since, he directed These Thousand Hills, released in 1959, Crack in the Mirror (1960), The Big Gamble (1961), Fantastic Voyage (1966), Doctor Dolittle (1967), and The Boston Strangler (1968).

When was "Compulsion" released:

Compulsion was first released on Wednesday, April 01, 1959, in the United States. Also released on this day was Warlock (dir. Edward Dmytryk). This was sixty (60) years ago.

It has been released on May, 1959 in Germany.

What is the cast of "Compulsion":

At the casting of Compulsion we find Orson Welles, previously seen in The Roots of Heaven (1958) and The Vikings (1958); Diane Varsi (From Hell to Texas (1958), Ten North Frederick (1958)); Dean Stockwell (The Careless Years (1957), Cattle Drive (1951)) [ more... ]

  • Richard Anderson, Robert Burton and Harry Carter also appeared together in Three Brave Men, released in 1956.
  • Richard Anderson, Robert Burton and Wilton Graff also worked together in Fearless Fagan, released in 1952.
  • Harry Carter and E.G. Marshall, Robert Burton can also be seen in Broken Lance, released in 1954.
  • Louise Lorimer and Dean Stockwell, Wilton Graff also worked together in Gentleman's Agreement, released in 1947.

What is the Storyline of "Compulsion":

Artie Strauss and Judd Steiner (Bradford Dillman and Dean Stockwell) kill a boy on his way home from school in order to commit the "perfect crime". Strauss tries to cover it up, but they are caught when police find a key piece of evidence — Steiner's glasses, which he inadvertently leaves at the scene of the crime. Famed attorney Jonathan Wilk (Orson Welles) takes their case, saving them from hanging by making an impassioned closing argument against capital punishment.


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