The film is one of the fine courtroom dramas ever made for sure. Infect its kind of film where courtroom remains the main setting of the film for around two third time of the film. It’s damn hard to sit tightly watching such a prolonged courtroom trial but there are so many lighter moments turn out during cross examination of the witnesses to entertain the audience. The film pits the case of an accused lieutenant in the grip of irresistible impulse murdered a man who raped his beautiful wife. The first hour of the film shows the surfacing of murder case and the prima facie investigation of the committed crime. The later part belongs to court room trial, cross witness examination between two head strong lawyers fighting the case to explore the truth about the case.
James Stewart as humble heart small town defending lawyer of accused man and he is in complete command. We have seen him most in Hitchcock films but here he showed his real spark as an actor. The other equally engaging actor to watch here is George C. Scott as hard headed big city prosecutor. Produced and Directed by renowned Otto Preminger, the film features riveting court drama packed with tension, intrigue, fine background score, powerful act by lead and supportive cast and above all passion of law as profession.
The film was nominated for seven Academy Awards including Best Film and certainly cinematic masterpiece that will keep you hooked to your seat!