Richard Fleischer's intense thriller...

Notorious killers Leopold and Loeb have inspired nearly as many movies as Jack the Ripper.

Despite changed names, this is the closest to an actual biopic about the students who planned the ‘perfect murder’.

Superbly acted by Bradford Dillman and Dean Stockwell, the mid-section grips as the authorities close in. But then Richard Fleischer’s film wanders, favouring facts over dramatic heft.

By the time Orson Welles shows up as a grandstanding lawyer, the criminals have become bit-part players in their own movie.

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