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Killer: A Journal of Murder (1995)

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 ...
Junkie
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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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$31,993 (USA) (8 September 1996)

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$65,682 (USA) (15 September 1996)
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Based on the true story of serial killer Carl Panzram who was hanged at Leavenworth in 1930. See more »

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

Quotes

Carl Panzram: I don't want to be alive. I want out of these clothes. I want out of this body. I want out of this world.
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I DON'T WANT TO PLAY IN YOUR YARD
Music by Henry W. Petrie (as H.W. Petrie)
Lyrics by Philip Wingate
Arranged by Bill Elliott
Performed by Bill Elliott & His Orchestra
Sung by Nicole Sill
Courtesy of Windswept Pacific Entertainment Co.
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Different kind of a prison movie. I liked it.
27 August 2001 | by (Järvenpää, Finland) – See all my reviews

There's something about a prison movie that's absolutely fascinating, I guess otherwise they wouldn't make the damn flicks. Maybe the safe look behind the bars is more convenient than actually being in a dark cell. "Killer: A Journal of murder" isn't just a prison movie, it's much more. It's an examination of the whole system. I decided to watch this movie accidentally because at the time there wasn't anything more interesting going on in the TV. My choice gave me a chance to see a fine film and an interesting journey to a criminal mind.

This is rather a strange film because it shows what kind of a brutal monster James Woods' character Carl Panzram is (murderer and rapist to start with) and it doesn't leave unclear any of his acts of cruelty. Then it makes the audience feel empathy for him. As far as I've seen, movie rarely makes the audience feel sorry for the bad guy - at least as bad as in this case. James Woods has an excellent role and his performance is one of the most notable of his career. I'm glad I watched the flick, it's always nice to find a whole new side in an already familiar actor. "Killer: A Journal of murder" is certainly a film to watch.


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