Somebody Has to Shoot the Picture (1990)

TV Movie  |  R  |   |  Drama  |  9 September 1990 (USA)
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Raymond Eames, a small-time drug dealer, has been sentenced to death for the shooting death of a policeman. After seven years of appeals are exhausted, the date of his execution arrives. ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Paul Marish, Photographer
Hannah McGrath
Police Sgt. Jerry Brown
Dan Weston, Time Magazine Reporter
Raymond Eames
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bob Barnes ...
Gov. Dean
Rex Benson ...
Buddy Eames, Raymond's Father
Harold Bergman ...
Judge Landis
Ginger Burgett ...
Jean Watley
Traber Burns ...
Ron Felders
Patrick Cherry ...
Donnie, Crazy Death Row Inmate
Mike Knighton, Ex-cop / D.A.'s Assistant
Jay Glick ...
Prison chaplain
Marietta Haley ...
TV Reporter
Danny Hanemann ...
Doug McGrath, Jackie McGrath's Brother


Raymond Eames, a small-time drug dealer, has been sentenced to death for the shooting death of a policeman. After seven years of appeals are exhausted, the date of his execution arrives. His last request is that his execution be photographed. Eames selects Paul Marish, a jaded Pulitzer Prize winning photographer, who is convinced by his agent to visit the small town in Georgia. Sensing a big story, Marish's agent sends in a reporter from Time magazine, and together they begin to investigate the events surrounding the murder, in a small town where emotions are high and opinions are fixed. Written by Murray Chapman <>

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Rated R for language and violence. | See all certifications »




Release Date:

9 September 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Athoos i enohos  »

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An HBO original, this film was part of the pay cable channel's effort to gain TV-movie credibility in the early 90's. See more »

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Take a hard look
11 July 2002 | by See all my reviews

There are clunky parts to this film, and the film is not flawless. This film obviously, in the vein of The Green Mile and Dead Man Walking, carries a staunch anti-death penalty political view. Those who agree with such a standpoint will rate it far higher than the sum of the parts. For the pro-death penalty crowd, this film undoubtedly is seen as left-leaning liberal crap. While fictitious, the story nonetheless resonates with too many real-life counterparts. The prevailing strength of this film is the social reality that resonate throughout. Undoubtedly, this film's ratings on IMDB will be hurt by political views alone. I invite - no, plead - with all of those like-minded individuals to see the unique possibilities that this film implies. This is one of the disturbing films, like the movie Kids, that should be seen at least once by us all.

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