Getting Away with Murder (film)
Getting Away with Murder is a 1996 American black comedy film directed and written by Harvey Miller. Dan Aykroyd stars as Jack Lambert, an ethics professor who believes that his next door neighbor, Max Mueller (Jack Lemmon), is an escaped Nazi war criminal. Believing Mueller will escape justice, Lambert plots to murder Mueller.
|Getting Away with Murder|
|Directed by||Harvey Miller|
|Produced by||Penny Marshall|
|Written by||Harvey Miller|
|Music by||John Debney|
|Edited by||Richard Nord|
|Distributed by||Savoy Pictures|
Jack Lambert's (Dan Aykroyd) neighbor Max Mueller (Jack Lemmon) is revealed on the TV news to be the escaped Nazi war criminal Karl Luger who was sentenced to death by the courts. Under the constant duress of the news media's allegations, Mueller plans to flee to South America.
Angered that Mueller might never pay for his crimes, Lambert takes the drastic step of poisoning him by injecting cyanide into some of the fruit in Mueller's apple tree, from which he regularly makes freshly juiced apple juice. At first the police believe it's a suicide, which upsets Lambert so much that he mails them a cryptic letter to reveal that it was actually a murder to carry out the court sentence and to revenge all the lives taken.
Later, the TV news reveals that Mueller was misidentified and is innocent. Feeling guilty, Lambert does penance by dumping his fiancée Gail (Bonnie Hunt) and marrying Mueller's daughter Inga (Lily Tomlin). However, after the wedding, Lambert receives information assuring him of Mueller's guilt.
- Dan Aykroyd as Jack Lambert
- Lily Tomlin as Inga Mueller
- Jack Lemmon as Max Mueller / Karl Luger
- Bonnie Hunt as Dr. Gail Holland
- Brian Kerwin as Marty Lambert
- Jerry Adler as Judge
- Andy Romano as Psychiatrist
- Robert Fields as Sergeant Roarke
- J. C. Quinn as Detective Stanley
- Susan Forristal as Waitress Patti
- Marissa Chibas as Liz Lambert
- Jon Korkes as Chemistry Lab Professor
- Kathleen Marshall as Student #1
- Jacqueline Klein as Student #2
- Alex Appel as Student #3
- Jillian Hirasawa as Student #4
- Rino Romano as Student #5
- Jack Jessup as Old Man
- Judy Sinclair as Old Woman
- Dave Nichols as Lawyer Brownell
- Damon D'Oliveira as Electronic Salesman
- Wayne Robson as Bartender
- Richard Blackburn as Nazi Sympathizer #1
- Thomas Mitchell as Nazi Sympathizer #2
- Kevin Frank as Martys Party Guest #2
Roger Ebert gave the film two out of four stars, writing, "Here is a film that tries to find comedy in the Holocaust, and it looks in the wrong places, in the wrong way, and becomes a sad embarrassment."
Nathan Rabin wrote, "Murder suffers from what I call Craig Brewer Syndrome [...] Filmmakers afflicted with Craig Brewer Syndrome make the least offensive films out of the most offensive premises. [...] Lemmon and Tomlin deliver better performances than the material warrants. A deceptively playful Lemmon is plausible as both a genocidal monster in hiding and a harmless old man and Tomlin's uncompromising performance is refreshingly devoid of sentimentality. Yet their best efforts are wasted in a movie that aspires to make audiences laugh and think and only achieves half its goals."
After the film's theatrical run, HBO released the movie onto VHS. In 2004, the film was finally released on DVD. The DVD is now discontinued and as of March 29, 2010, neither HBO or Focus Features, the latter of which has begun to acquire some of Savoy's movies, has announced any plans to release a new DVD of the film.
- Getting Away with Murder at Box Office Mojo
- Getting Away with Murder, Variety, Daniel Kimmel, April 15, 1996
- Getting Away with Murder, NY Times, Janet Miaslin April 12, 1996
- Getting Away with Murder, Entertainment Weekly, Erin Richter, August 23, 1996
- Getting Away with Murder, Rotten Tomatoes
- Getting Away with Murder, Reel Views, James Berardinelli, 1996