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The Traveling Executioner (1970)

Stacy Keach is electrifying as Jonas Candide, an ex-Carny who travels around the bayou with a portable electric chair. At $100 a head, he renders his services with loving care.

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Jonas Candide
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Gundred Herzallerliebst
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Jimmy
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Doc Prittle
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Piquant (as James J. Sloyan)
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Warden Brodski
John Bottoms ...
Lawyer
Ford Rainey ...
Stanley Mae
James Greene ...
Gravey Combs
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Willy Herzallerliebst
Logan Ramsey ...
La Follette
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Virgil
William Mims ...
Lynn
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Jake
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Stacy Keach is electrifying as Jonas Candide, an ex-Carny who travels around the bayou with a portable electric chair. At $100 a head, he renders his services with loving care.

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1918. The year this man traveled the South with a portable electric chair.

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23 June 1972 (France)  »

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Der reisende Henker  »

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This was filmed at Alabama's then recently closed Kilby Prison off of Coliseum Blvd. in Montgomery. As part of an agreement with the state for filming rights, filmmakers were supposed to have demolished the prison's massive walls with pyrotechnics during/after the film. However, the walls were so thick, three charges failed to do the job, and their remnants stayed around for years afterwards. See more »

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Shows the humanity that can be brought to any profession
19 December 2005 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This movie made a huge impact when I saw it in the theater. I was a tough (or so I thought) eighteen year old young man here in Vancouver when I saw it in 1970. I think that it might have played for a week.

I loved the humanity and charm that Stacy Keach brought to the executioner's role. I remember the loving way that he would sooth the fears of the condemned as they faced the terrors to come. It was a job that had to be done, and if he was the one to do it, he demanded craftsmanship and style.

The ending caught a deep nerve and I cried as I left and walked home. (It remains the only film that I can say that about). It is amazing how a film that is almost unknown has remained so brilliant in my mind.

I suspect that I might give it a higher rating if I ever saw it again.


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