Phil Spector

Synopsis: Record producer Phil Spector hires Bruce Cutler to defend him when he's accused of murder. Cutler persuades Linda Kenney Baden to advise him. While the prosecution's story is contradicted by facts in the case, there is convincing circumstantial evidence against Spector, not the least of which is his appearance. As Baden gradually takes over the defense, even as she is ill with pneumonia, she must find a way to introduce ballistic evidence in a dramatic enough fashion to plant doubt in the jury's mind. Calling Specter to testify may be the only way to stage the evidence. She coaches him and rehearses him: can he (and she) pull it off?
Director(s): David Mamet
Production: HBO Films
  Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 2 wins & 35 nominations.
 
IMDB:
6.3
Rotten Tomatoes:
50%
TV-MA
Year:
2013
92 min
99 Views

MAN:
Phil Spector interview.

Roll 28.

DIFFERENT MAN:
OK.

GOOD. GO.

[Coughs]

MAN:
Good. Here we go.

[Clears throat]

[Coughs]

MAN ON VIDEO:
There. Yeah.

What is this?

INTERVIEWER:

He's wearing a button

that says "back

to mono."

MAN ON VIDEO:

"Back to mono."

Yeah. All right.

"The wall of sound."

All it is is, it's reverb.

You cook it down.

You mix it down time and again.

Oh, that reverb--what

it is is, it's mud. It's--

Good morning, Maggie.

Hello.

Excuse me. Could I have

a glass of water, please?

WOMAN:
Of course.

Thank you.

MAN ON VIDEO:

He has us in there--

40 musicians,

20 hours a day,

working on one note--

one note...

until it's perfect.

Thank you.

Thank you very

much. [Laughs]

Not at all.

Not at all.

WOMAN:
Excuse me.

Here you are.

Thank you.

You're welcome.

INTERVIEWER:

Wasn't much of

a singer, but..

MAN ON VIDEO:
OK.

[Laughs]

Linda!

Where's she staying?

Someone!

Get her bags

to the hotel!

Get her installed.

whatever she needs!

MAGGIE:
New York's

on the phone.

About what?

MAGGIE:
Your

television show.

Television show--

it can wait.

The gun,

the blood spatter,

that whole wall.

Lana Clarkson, suicide threats,

depression--James,

you know what I'm

looking for.

Did they feed you

on the plane?

What do you think

I am--crazy?

Get her something

to eat.

I don't need

anything to eat.

I need a doctor.

Nick Stavros,

RPI--

Linda Kenney Baden.

Hi. I won't touch you.

I'm very sick.

I need the case laws

on televised,

federal and California.

Grounds for exception,

grounds for appeal.

At least we can

slow them down.

Linda!

Could you get me

a cup of tea, please?

Here's the part

never cut in.

Raw footage.

MAN:
Phil Spector

interview.

Roll 28.

That was fantastic.

Some wonderful

material.

I'm so grateful

to you.

Oh, thank you.

INTERVIEWER:

Excellent.

Who is the girl

in the picture?

MAN IN VIDEO:

I don't know her name.

INTERVIEWER:

Phil didn't, either.

Phil--he can attract

a girl?

Why not?

He can attract a girl.

He can get her

to his house.

Afterwards,

he's on his track.

How can he

keep her there?

You tell me.

With a gun.

He thinks he has to

have a gun..

INTERVIEWER:
I think

we've covered just

about everything.

Ah.

INTERVIEWER:

Some questions at...

OK. All right, all right.

Linda, please.

Come on. We've got

3 days' worth to do

in half an hour.

MAN ON VIDEO:

..how far this goes back.

To the desert.

to the moors...

Thank you for coming.

You said that.

"Telegraph," London,

fax to Phil.

Day of the shooting.

"Lost genius of

rock 'n' roll".

Yeah, I know

about the article.

What you

don't know--

read the article--

he's been cold sober

for 10 years.

Cold sober.

That night,

House of Blues

and Lana Clarkson.

Uh-huh.

Article

sets him off.

Hmm. That's a shame.

It sets him off.

Yes, but how does that

help your case?

My case, in court

tomorrow, all right?

How does it help your

case that he's nuts

and he's drunk?

He still put the gun

in the girl's mouth.

We've got

right there...

Yeah, I read that.

Maggie, play her

the f*cking audiotape,

First officers?

I read it.

I want you

to hear it.

Phil and the first

officers.

Let's go.

Uh.

PHIL:
This piece of shit!

I don't know what

the f*cking problem was,

but she certainly

had no right

to come to my f*cking

castle and blow her

f*cking head open!

I don't see the case.

No? He's drunk.

He's enraged.

He mouths off

to the cops.

Why is he enraged?

You heard it.

Is that a man who

just shot somebody?

That's hearsay. They'll

never allow it into court.

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David Alan Mamet is an American playwright, essayist, screenwriter, and film director. As a playwright, Mamet has won a Pulitzer Prize and received Tony nominations for Glengarry Glen Ross and Speed-the-Plow. more…

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