Hit Man

Deranged genius Phil Spector gets the David Mamet treatment

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The impeccable lawyer (Mirren as Linda Kenny Baden) and her impossible client (Pacino as Spector) confer about his murder trial.

Phil Spector had two sensational careers: one in his 20s, as the most gifted and distinctive producer in the history of pop-rock; the other in his 60s, as the nutso recluse convicted in 2009 of second-degree murder in the death of actress Lana Clarkson in his Hollywood mansion. A half-century after he created the "wall of sound"--that dense sonic joy and torment that seemed to originate in some teen cathedral and blast out of your AM car radio--listeners can still feel the juice of such primal singles as "Be My Baby," "Da Doo Ron Ron," "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" and...

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