Anatomy Of A Murder : The Film - The Poster
Now listen, Dad. I know you've been through a lot recently. Especially since you helped convict Duke Marco (William Salzwedel) for murdering a man; thus leading to his imminent execution. But please, you've got to believe me when I say his sister Pat (Pamela Lincoln) isn't anything like that at all. Honestly, she isn't anything like either of her two brothers!
Yeah. That's right, pop. Pat does have another brother. A second one. Chet Marco (Darrell Howe) is his name, and on the surface he is a rather brutish character. All he seems to do is lounge around with his pals in a club-house by day, whilst by night he gets into scrapes with passers-by on the street. Furthermore, I heard through the grape vine he might've been one of those goons that beat-up the DA's son associated with his brother's murder case.
Still. None of this matter's to us, right, Dad? For I am your son after all. Me. Mickey (Ronnie Burns): The hopeless romantic than wants your blessing so I can take Pat out, to a party tomorrow afternoon.
Then again, I suppose that's why what next transpires all goes to court, when I tell Pat about you're involvement with Duke's conviction. As a gathering catches fire - a subsequent murder gets rather dire - an innocent man is convinced of a crime - and at the end of the day, it's all down to Lieutenant Mac (Michael Granger) to finally call time.
On the surface 'Anatomy of a Psycho' comes across just like any other lucid and overt made for television movie developed during this era. Not only because aesthetically it looks very poor upon the screen. But in addition to this, the production values were tonally nth rate, plus some of the actors involved were relatively wooden to say the least.
You see, from my point of view, if this projects premise were more focused through the eyes of a singular character -- like Pat's for instance -- I'd say that it would have been a lot more easier and associative to follow. That way I would've been able to directly engage with this adventure without trying to figure out what the f*ck is happening from one moment to the next.
Now please don't get me wrong. I'm not trying to imply that I didn't enjoy what this escapade ultimately presented. No. Not at all. As a matter of fact I found it very intriguing. It's just that I wasn't too keen on its philandering approach, and how the tale kept on jumping from one character to another, inadvertently diluting the story part of this film.
Also, if some of the secondly actor's where more pronounced and better defined within the overall story-line -- mainly Chet's gang -- I'm sure this would have elevated this movie a lot more than it finally was.
Overall I'd say 'Anatomy of a Psycho' was a fairly good film, despite its unfocussed manner of prodding its way through numerous characters associated with it. So if you're up for a timely yarn that's almost there, yet not quite, go on, give this one a bash. Because it's a damn sight better than some of the other cr*p you see on television nowadays.
THE RATING: B-