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Carl Panzram is sent to Leavenworth Prison for burglary. While there, he is brutally beaten by a guard. Neophyte guard Henry Lesser feels sympathy for Panzram, befriends him, and gets him ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Carl Panzram
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Henry Lesser
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Elizabeth Wyatt
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Esther Lesser
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R.G. Greiser
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Warden Quince
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Old Henry Lesser
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Dr. Karl Menninger
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Sam Lesser
Conrad McLaren ...
Judge John W. Kingman
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Warden Charles Casey
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Cop
Christopher Petrosino ...
Richard Lesser
Michael Jeffrey Woods ...
Harry Sinclair (as Michael Jeffery Woods)
Rob Locke Jones ...
Junkie
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Storyline

Carl Panzram is sent to Leavenworth Prison for burglary. While there, he is brutally beaten by a guard. Neophyte guard Henry Lesser feels sympathy for Panzram, befriends him, and gets him to write his life story. Lesser learns that Panzram's past is much more violent than he thought, but also that he's capable of being a much better person than the rest of the prison staff believes - or so Lesser thinks. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Liar. Thief. Murderer. He hated all of humanity, himself most of all.


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Rated R for strong language and strong, brutal violence, including a rape | See all certifications »
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6 September 1996 (USA)  »

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The Killer  »

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Box Office

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$31,993 (USA) (6 September 1996)

Gross:

$65,682 (USA) (13 September 1996)
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Trivia

Based on the true story of serial killer Carl Panzram who was hanged at Leavenworth in 1930. See more »

Goofs

The amount of beer in Henry Lesser's glass at the speakeasy. See more »

Quotes

Carl Panzram: Come on, you hoosier bastard. I could hang ten men in the time it's taking you to hang one.
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Been there done that
11 September 2000 | by (Minot, ND, USA) – See all my reviews

Did anyone see "Murder in the First"? That film dealt a little better with prison reform. Here, Woods overacts his way through many beatings, blaming society for his woes. I know this is based on a true story, but all the film did was convince me prison should be tough but not torturous. Boy, this film sure had a cheap look to it as well. I give this a 4.


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