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Killer: A Journal of Murder (1995)

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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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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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Christopher Petrosino ...
Richard Lesser
Michael Jeffrey Woods ...
Harry Sinclair (as Michael Jeffery Woods)
Rob Locke Jones ...
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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 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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Opening Weekend:

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

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

The film is dedicated to Sam Peckinpah because The Wild Bunch (1969) inspired director 'Metcalfe, Tim' to become a director. See more »

Goofs

When Carl Panzram begins narrating the beginning of his journal the text shown doesn't match the narrative. The text states that Panzram is a liar, a degenerate, and a murderer, while the voice over immediately jumps into his early childhood and upbringing. See more »

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Carl Panzram: Naturally, I now love Jesus very much. Yes, I love him so damn much that I would like to crucify him all over again!
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Music by Bill Elliott
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Sung by Frederick Hodges
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Uncompromising but flat.
17 January 2004 | by See all my reviews

The Australian biopic "Chopper" got all the hype in 2000, but the much lesser-known " A Journal of Murder" is actually a better film on a similar subject. For one thing, it gives you more of a background about (if not much more insight into) the killer, and for another it doesn't try to make him appear "cool". In fact, the script is quite uncompromising in the way it refuses to humanize Panzram, at least beyond the minimum degree required. But despite Woods' strong performance and a few nice directorial touches (especially in the use of black-and-white cinematography and newsreels from the period), the film is rather flat - almost like a TV production. (**1/2)


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