Getting Away with Murder (film)

This article is about the 1996 American comedy. For the 1975 German thriller, see End of the Game.
Getting Away with Murder
Directed by Harvey Miller
Produced by Penny Marshall
Frank Price
Written by Harvey Miller
Music by John Debney
Cinematography Frank Tidy
Edited by Richard Nord
Distributed by Savoy Pictures
Release dates
  • April 12, 1996 (1996-04-12)
Running time
92 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $197,322

Getting Away with Murder is a 1996 American comedy film written and directed by Harvey Miller. The film stars Dan Aykroyd, Jack Lemmon, Lily Tomlin and Bonnie Hunt.

This was the final project for veteran writer and director Harvey Miller.[1] It received poor reviews and was panned by critics.[1][2][3][4][5]


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 fiancee Gail (Bonnie Hunt) and marrying Mueller's daughter Inga (Lily Tomlin). However, after the wedding, Lambert receives information assuring him of Mueller's guilt.


Home format

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.


  1. 1 2 Getting Away with Murder, Variety, Daniel Kimmel, April 15, 1996
  2. Getting Away with Murder, NY Times, Janet Miaslin April 12, 1996
  3. Getting Away with Murder, Entertainment Weekly, Erin Richter, August 23, 1996
  4. Getting Away with Murder, Rotten Tomatoes
  5. Getting Away with Murder, Reel Views, James Berardinelli, 1996

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