Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.
USA, 1992. American Playhouse, Killer Films. Screenplay by Tom Kalin, in collaboration with Hilton Als. Cinematography by Ellen Kuras. Produced by Christine Vachon. Music by James Bennett. Production Design by Therese DePrez. Costume Design by Jessica Haston. Film Editing by Tom Kalin.
The tale of Leopold and Loeb, two Depression-era serial killers who rampaged across America for months before they were finally caught, has been told many times in the movies, from Alfred Hitchcock’s Rope to Compulsion starring Orson Welles. One key element of the relationship, that they were lovers as well as fellow murderers, has finally been openly acknowledged in this excellently photographed drama by Tom Kalin, and he does a terrific job of telling their story with wit and style. The plot isn’t as compelling as the Hitchcock drama, but it’s very interesting and informative all the same, particularly in dealing with how social homophobia took its toll on their eventual outcome in court.