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”.
Director: Tom Kalin
Writers: Tom Kalin, Hilton Als (collaborating writer)
Stars: Daniel Schlachet, Craig Chester, Ron Vawter
Release Date: 23 January 1992 (USA)
Filming Locations: Central Park, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA
Format : Matroska
Format version : Version 2
File size : 1.36 GiB
Duration : 1 h 29 min
Overall bit rate : 2 182 kb/s