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The Executioner's Song (1982)

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The story of Gary Gilmore, a convicted murderer who lobbied for his own execution.

Director:

Lawrence Schiller

Writers:

Norman Mailer (screenplay), Norman Mailer (book)
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Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tommy Lee Jones ... Gary Gilmore
Christine Lahti ... Brenda Nicol
Rosanna Arquette ... Nicole Baker
Eli Wallach ... Vern Damico
Steven Keats Steven Keats ... Larry Samuels
Jordan Clarke Jordan Clarke ... Johnny Nicol
Richard Venture Richard Venture ... Earl Dorius
Jenny Wright ... April Baker
Walter Olkewicz ... Pete Galovan
Michael LeClair Michael LeClair ... Rikki Wood
Pat Corley ... Val Conlan
Mary Ethel Gregory Mary Ethel Gregory ... Ida Damico
John Dennis Johnston ... Jimmy Poker-Game
Norris Mailer Norris Mailer ... Lu-Ann (as Norris Church)
Kenneth O'Brien Kenneth O'Brien ... Spencer McGrath
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Storyline

Based on the real life case of murderer Gary Mark Gilmore, spanning the last nine months of his life (May 1976-January 1977) in which at age 35, after being released for serving a long prison term in Utah for armed robbery, the unstable Gilmore murdered two men in two separate and senseless robberies in which after a brief public trial in October, he was sentenced to death by firing squad which drew a lot of media attention when Gilmore insisted that his execution be carried out and he became the first man to be executed in the USA since the government reinstated the death penalty in 1976. Written by matt-282

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Genres:

Biography | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 November 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Executioner's Song See more »

Filming Locations:

Orem, Utah, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Original Version)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The part of "Prison Guard #4", portrayed by Deputy Warden David Franchina, was originally supposed to be played by John Robert Mallernee, who was a Correctional Supervisor. However, due to the snowstorm, filming was behind schedule, so John Robert Mallernee had to go on duty, and can be seen at the window of the watchtower (Tower #2) when Gary Mark Gilmore, portrayed by Tommy Lee Jones is being taken to the vehicle that will transport him to his execution. Even though he did not actually perform the role of "Prison Guard #4", because John Robert Mallernee had been signed to a contract, he still received a royalty check, and subsequent residual checks. John Robert Mallernee, an amateur singer/songwriter and disabled war veteran, is a resident in the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Gulfport, Mississippi. See more »

Goofs

In the movie you see that Gary Gilmore shot himself in the left hand, but in real life he shot the right hand. See more »

Quotes

Gary Mark Gilmore: Go down on me, partner... I need it
Nicole Baker: Don't call me partner.
Gary Mark Gilmore: No, darlin'... I love it... I love it
Nicole Baker: Yeah, you and seven other motherfuckers.
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Alternate Versions

A 97-minutes version was released theatrically in Europe, featuring additional footage with some nudity not shown in original television version. See more »

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Written and Performed by Waylon Jennings
Produced by Chips Moman
Music Coordinator: Marylou Hyatt
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A rendezvous with a firing squad
21 January 1999 | by lib-4See all my reviews

What makes a criminal? As Gary Gilmore Tommy Lee Jones captures the enigma and dilemma of what should be done when one crosses over the line and commits murder. Roseanne Arquette also plays the part well of a woman attracted to bad men. The book was too long, the movie just right.


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