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Phil Spector

(DVD - 2013 )
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
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Academy Award winners Al Pacino and Helen Mirren star in this production written and directed by Pulitzer Prize-winning and Oscar-nominated playwrite David Mamet. An exploration of the client-attorney relationship between legendary music producer Phil Spector and defense attorney Linda Kenney Baden, who represented Spector during his first trial for murder.
Title: Phil Spector
[videorecording (DVD)]
Publisher: [United States] : HBO Home Entertainment, 2013.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (92 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.
Notes: Special feature: Writer/director David Mamet and stars Al Pacino and Helen Mirren discuss making the film.
Summary: Academy Award winners Al Pacino and Helen Mirren star in this production written and directed by Pulitzer Prize-winning and Oscar-nominated playwrite David Mamet. An exploration of the client-attorney relationship between legendary music producer Phil Spector and defense attorney Linda Kenney Baden, who represented Spector during his first trial for murder.
Audience: Rating TV-14.
Statement of Responsibility: HBO Films presents ; a Levinson/Fontana production ; produced by Michael Hausman ; written and directed by David Mamet
Credits: Music composed by Marcelo Zarvos ; director of photography, Juan Ruiz Anchia.
Performers: Al Pacino, Helen Mirren, Jeffrey Tambor, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rebecca Pidgeon.
System Details: DVD, widescreen, 16x9 full frame; NTSC, region 1, Dolby digital 5.1 (English), Dolby Digital (Spanish).
Other Language: English or Spanish (dubbed) dialogue; English, Spanish, Chinese or Korean subtitles; closed captioned.
Subject Headings: Criminal defense lawyers Drama. Sound recording executives and producers Drama. Producers and directors Drama.
Genre/Form: Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Fiction films.
Feature films.
Topical Term: Criminal defense lawyers
Sound recording executives and producers
Producers and directors
Publisher No: 1000417293
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Jun 25, 2014
  • BlueHippo rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed this film, if only for the spectacular acting (I am not a big Mamet fan). It's focus was a very narrow time within the whole of this event and there was very little background information on the actual murder/suicide/accident, which was interesting because you had only the information that his lawyers were developing to defend him against the murder charge to inform your opinion. I had forgotten that there was a hung jury and that he was only found guilty in a second trial. I can understand the hung jury-if they got to see the demo that Helen Mirren's character came up with, it was a pretty powerful argument for reasonable doubt. The absence of this attorney (and possibly the demo) in the second trial may have been the determining factor in that jury's decision. Al Pacino was great as Spector.

Mar 10, 2014
  • Green_Bird_203 rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

This movie doesn't tell us why Phil is what he is, and what made his personality so weired and out of touch. Mamet & Pacino seem interested in an extremely eccentric character, but failed to gain the sympathy from audience. Great performances by Pacino and Mirren went no where. I hope this HBO movie wasn't financed by Phil under his manipulation.

Feb 18, 2014
  • Gary Geiserman rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Mamet/Pacino-land; a very fun place to be. Mirren, too! Yeah, no history, which is only too bad since Spector is an amazing life, infinitely more so than this story. All trial stuff, which isn’t very interesting (few are; I don’t know why trial is a genre except for the anal/retentive ocd types), but good to know (I didn’t). But this IS Pacino/Mamet and that’s it’s own genre, the funnest. There really isn’t any courtroom, Mamet likes us.

Jan 29, 2014
  • THUD55 rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

this movie was less than I expected. it dealt more with his trial than his past and why he was so weird. they played the hit songs he produced but did not go into his past at all so he just seemed like a really weird guy. hard to sympathize with him.

Jan 26, 2014
  • jimg2000 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Was too busy in 2003 to follow Phil Spector's trial which I learned from this film. Lot's of memorable quotes from Spector and his two leading defense lawyers.

Dec 13, 2013
  • wailuabob2 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A welcome film noir that allows two great actors to display their talents. Pacino, appropriately for this film, chews the scenery in scary fashion. Mirren plays a super defense attorney who gradually succumbs, mentally, to Pacino's overpowering charisma and intelligence. No car chases, no bedroom sex scenes but a very good adult film.

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Mar 13, 2014
  • jimg2000 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.


...
I don’t let myself get depressed. Depression is a wasted emotion to me like pity,
it’s a wasted emotion.”

I envy the little old lady who sits in front of the TV and believes and holds her
hand up to the screen and says Amen. Yes and believes that she is gonna get to
Heaven and believes there’s a thing there after
...
. When little Phillip [his son] died,
I may no
t believe in God but I know there’s a Devil. You know, I mean, I wish I
believed. I wish to hell I believed.”

Mar 13, 2014
  • jimg2000 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

“They ostracised me in high school. They had nothing to do with
me. I was not
popular, we were poor but the rest of the school was wealthy, middle class white
Jewish kids who were very stuck up.”
“I was just a loner and was always treated with contempt; they [the establishment]
never considered me with the same resp
ect that they considered Berlin or
Gershwin
...
but that just builds up the anger and the rage which made you do
better, made you do a lot better.”

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