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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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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

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$65,682 (USA) (13 September 1996)
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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 »

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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A NICKEL FOR COFFEE
Music & lyrics by Bill Elliott
Performed by Bill Elliott & His Orchestra
Sung by Nicole Sill
Courtesy of Windswept Pacific Entertainment Co.
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Ones of the Best Characters studies I have ever seen.
26 September 1999 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

James Woods is again at his best in this very interesting and captivating movie of one mans flight through life, comes to the sad ending he always thought he deserved. Befriended by only two people in his life, he truly had a heart under what everyone believed to be plain meanness.


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