MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 1,584 this week

The Executioner's Song (1982)

TV Movie  -   -  Biography | Crime | Drama  -  28 November 1982 (USA)
7.3
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.3/10 from 1,117 users  
Reviews: 18 user | 4 critic

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

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (book)
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

Editors' Spotlight

What to Watch: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt. 1

Keith Simanton talks with the cast of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt. 1.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 10000 titles
created 19 Apr 2012
 
a list of 85 titles
created 16 Aug 2012
 
a list of 21 titles
created 01 Oct 2012
 
a list of 1016 titles
created 30 Sep 2013
 
a list of 60 titles
created 9 months ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Executioner's Song (TV Movie 1982)

The Executioner's Song (TV Movie 1982) on IMDb 7.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Executioner's Song.
Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

A young woman arrives to Montreal to find love. A fortune teller tells her that a wealthy man meant for her is right around the corner so she goes looking even among her odd rag tag group roommates.

Director: Gordon Sheppard
Stars: Elizabeth Moorman, Tommy Lee Jones, Rose Quong
Yuri Nosenko, KGB (TV Movie 1986)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

This film tells the true-life story of Yuri Nosenko, a top Soviet KGB agent who defected to the West at the height of the Cold War in 1962.

Director: Mick Jackson
Stars: Tommy Lee Jones, Josef Sommer, Ed Lauter
The River Rat (1984)
Adventure | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

After serving time for a theft he didn't commit, all Billy wants to do is to reconnect with his daughter. However, some loose ends, like the whereabouts of the stolen loot, just won't let him go.

Director: Thomas Rickman
Stars: Tommy Lee Jones, Martha Plimpton, Brian Dennehy
The Amazing Howard Hughes (TV Movie 1977)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Howard Hughes is a driven man who amassed wealth and recognition as a Hollywood mover and shaker, aviation giant and man of mystery.

Director: William A. Graham
Stars: Tommy Lee Jones, Ed Flanders, James Hampton
The Park Is Mine (TV Movie 1986)
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A vietnam vet (Tommy Lee Jones) takes forceful control of Central Park to remember those who served and died in the Vietnam War.

Director: Steven Hilliard Stern
Stars: Tommy Lee Jones, Helen Shaver, Yaphet Kotto
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A swashbuckling adventure which takes place in the mid-1800's on the South Pacific islands where bloody raids and battles were once the rule of the day.

Director: Ferdinand Fairfax
Stars: Tommy Lee Jones, Michael O'Keefe, Max Phipps
Back Roads (1981)
Adventure | Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A prostitute and a drifter find themselves bound together as they make their way through the rural South, doing what they have to do to survive.

Director: Martin Ritt
Stars: Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones, David Keith
Action | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A professional thief is hired by the FBI to steal a data tape from a company under investigation. The analysis of this tape, will prove the criminal activities of this company. As this ... See full summary »

Director: Harley Cokeliss
Stars: Tommy Lee Jones, Linda Hamilton, Robert Vaughn
The Betsy (1978)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

The aging, retired founder of an auto giant comes out of retirement to try to develop a safe, fuel-efficient car.

Director: Daniel Petrie
Stars: Laurence Olivier, Robert Duvall, Katharine Ross
The Rainmaker (TV Movie 1982)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Traveling rainmaker Starbuck arrives at the drought-ridden Curry place, promising rain for the farm and perhaps a romance for 'spinster sister' Lizzie

Director: John Frankenheimer
Stars: Lonny Chapman, James Cromwell, Tommy Lee Jones
Life Study (1973)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Director: Michael Nebbia
Stars: Bartholomew Miro Jr., Erika Peterson, Tommy Lee Jones
Broken Vows (TV Movie 1987)
Drama | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A ghetto priest has doubts about his calling and when he gives the last rites to a murder victim, he decides to help the man's girlfriend find his killers.

Director: Jud Taylor
Stars: Tommy Lee Jones, Annette O'Toole, M. Emmet Walsh
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
Steven Keats ...
Jordan Clarke ...
Richard Venture ...
...
Walter Olkewicz ...
Michael LeClair ...
Pat Corley ...
Mary Ethel Gregory ...
...
Norris Mailer ...
Lu-Ann (as Norris Church)
Kenneth O'Brien ...
Edit

Storyline

Based on the true story 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 seperate 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 Matthew Patay

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Biography | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

28 November 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Canção do Carrasco  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

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 (i.e., prison guard).

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

When they are releasing the straps from Gilmore after he is dead you can see his hand move. In addition the arm is closer to the leg than depicted in the previous shot. 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.
See more »

Connections

Version of Shot in the Heart (2001) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Well Done
24 January 2002 | by (Richland, WA) – See all my reviews

I thought this was a very good dramatization of Mailer's huge book. Tommy Lee Jones does an excellent job of portraying psychopathic killer Gary Gilmore and Rosanna Arquette is terrific as his teenage girlfriend, Nicole. While it was a made for TV movie, some R-rated footage was added in when the movie had a European release. If you can get that version on tape, do so. Rosanna is dynamite in the more adult scenes.

Christine Lahti (who later won a short-film Oscar as a filmmaker) and Eli Wallach provide solid support. Jones shows the same brooding intensity that years later translated into an Oscar for him in "The Fugitive." Look for Ron Howard's father, Rance Howard, in a small part as the police detective who first interrogates Gilmore after his arrest.

It says something about the culture when a loser like Gilmore can be transformed into a sort of folk legend which is what the book and movie ultimately do. He had an enormous impact in 1977 by demanding that Utah go forward with his execution, the first execution in the US since the 1960s and the first since 1972 when the Supreme Court ruled that all death sentences prior to that date were unconstitutional. After Gilmore faced the firing squad hundreds of executions have been carried out. I would wager though that most Americans couldn't name more than two or three of those who have been executed but they will remember the small-time loser Gary Gilmore.


13 of 14 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
song in the movie BBR102532
How can I get a hold of this film? sandih
Need your help aramos3370
gary gilmour roz-47
Lawrence Schiller podcast Interview moviecritic2517-1
the executioners song margaret-tweedale
Discuss The Executioner's Song (1982) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page