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Compulsion is a compelling, stylish thriller, loosely based on the famous 1924 murder trial of thrill-killers Loeb and Leopold, two homosexual students who murdered a young boy to demonstrate their intellectual superiority. Artie Straus (Bradford Dillman) is a sadistic, mother-dominated bully. Judd Steiner (Dean Stockwell) is a submissive, introverted sissy. Having been raised by wealthy, arrogant families, both Artie and Judd consider themselves above conventional morality. Unfeeling and conceited, the boys, after the killing, take delight in offering to aid in finding the culprits. It is… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"First great 'thrill killer' movie"
‑ Lori Hoffman, Atlantic City Weekly
"Absorbing version of Leopold-Loeb story with standout Welles performance."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"[Richard] Fleischer turns the screws hard in "Compulsion."
‑ Rory L. Aronsky, Film Threat
"Apesar de mostrar a crueldade dos jovens, o filme leva o espectador a torcer contra a pena de morte graças, principalmente, ao forte monólogo de 10 minutos protagonizado por Orson Welles."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Richard Fleischer's thriller is loosely based on the celebrated 1924 Chicago murder trial of Jewish thrill-killers Leopold and Loeb."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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