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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 »




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9 September 1990 (USA)  »

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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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It made me think
28 September 2000 | by (York, PA, USA) – See all my reviews

I had never thought of killing the wrong person in a death sentence. This film made me take a hard look at the justice system and the idea of capital punishment. I am still searching but the passion that was portrayed in this movie was great and the idea that an the guiltless could die in the name of justice still haunts me. Sometimes films are needed on a social level I believe this film is one of them.

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