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The true story of gay lovers, Richard Loeb and Nathan Leopold Jr. who kidnapped and murdered a child in the early 1920s for kicks. The plot covers the months before the crime, the investigation, trial and final fate of the two men. Written by
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The film was shot in two different blocks of time: first in October-November or 1990, then in August 1991. Craig Chester had to grow his hair back out after shaving it for the prison scenes, and then had his head shaved again when more prison scenes had to be filmed. The very first scenes shot was the kidnapping and the call from the phone booth. See more »
It is stated during the epilogue that Compulsion, film made about the Loeb & Leopold case, was released in 1958. The movie came out in 1959. See more »
The true story of gay lovers, Richard Loeb and Nathan Leopold Jr. who kidnapped and murdered a child in the early 1920s for kicks. The plot covers the months before the crime, the investigation, trial and final fate of the two men.
Of the few film versions of this story out there, they all seem to be naturally quite good. "Compulsion" is no doubt the best, and this film definitely takes some cues from it. Based on what I know of the case, the script follows reality quite closely.
This version does play up the homosexual angle a bit more, though there is some debate on that. My understanding is that one of the two was clearly gay, but the other may or may not have been. Regardless, this is an aspect that makes the case all the more interesting... even when it is more subtle such as in "Rope".
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