Director: Stanley Kramer Cast: Spencer Tracy, Burt Lancaster, Richard Widmark, Marlene Dietrich, Maximilian Schell, Judy Garland, Montgomery Clift, William Shatner, Werner Klemperer, Edward Binns, Virginia Christine, Karl Swenson, John Wengraf
Academy Awards: Best Actor in a Leading Role (Maximilian Schell); Best Adapted Screenplay (Abby Mann)
Also Nominated For: Best Picture; Best Actor in a Leading Role (Spencer Tracy); Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Montgomery Clift); Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Judy Garland); Best Director (Stanley Kramer); Best Cinematography, Black-and-White; Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Black-and-White; Best Costume Design, Black-and-White; Best Film Editing
I First Saw In: 2015
Synopsis: In 1948, an American court in occupied Germany tries four Nazi judges for war crimes.
Did You Know? Montgomery Clift struggled so much with remembering his lines that Stanley Kramer eventually told him to just ad-lib his scenes. He wasn’t always in line with the script, but Kramer felt it would help to convey the confusion in his character’s mind while being questioned on the witness stand.
Quotables: HANS ROLFE: Ernst Janning’s guilt is the world’s guilt. No more, no less.
And now a Word from the Guise:
This is one of the most riveting courtroom dramas I’ve ever seen, and almost the entire 3 hours is spent in the courtroom. The entire cast was exquisite and nothing short of brilliant, with particular emphasis on Maximilian Schell, Montgomery Clift, and Judy Garland.
Oscar Madness Ranking – ??? out of 233