Down 38,962 this week

Beyond the Call (1996)

TV Movie  |  R  |   |  Drama  |  23 June 1996 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.2/10 from 128 users  
Reviews: 4 user | 2 critic

Russell Gates is a Vietnam vet on death row for killing a policeman. His childhood sweetheart, Pam O'Brien, is stunned to learn this and does not believe he could commit such a crime. She ... See full summary »



0Check in

Celebrate IMDb's 25th Anniversary with Photos We Love

IMDb turns 25 on October 17! To celebrate, we put together a gallery of some of our favorite movie, TV, and event photos from the last 25 years.

See the Photos We Love

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 216 titles
created 18 Jun 2011
a list of 656 titles
created 17 Mar 2012
a list of 9969 titles
created 26 Jun 2012
a list of 423 titles
created 01 Jan 2014
a list of 665 titles
created 3 months ago

Related Items

Search for "Beyond the Call" on

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Beyond the Call (TV Movie 1996)

Beyond the Call (TV Movie 1996) on IMDb 6.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Beyond the Call.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Hard Promises (1991)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A man who doesn't like stable work environments has been away for too many years, and finds out his wife has divorced him and is planning to remarry. He comes home to confront her, trying ... See full summary »

Director: Martin Davidson
Stars: Sissy Spacek, William Petersen, Brian Kerwin
Heart Beat (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

The life and friendship between the icons of the Beat Generation - Neal Cassady, Carloyn Cassady and Jack Kerouac.

Director: John Byrum
Stars: Nick Nolte, Sissy Spacek, John Heard
Fitzgerald (TV Movie 2002)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Renowned writer F. Scott Fitzgerald is living the last months of his life with his youthful secretary, confidant, and protégé who later wrote a memoir of their time together.

Director: Henry Bromell
Stars: Jeremy Irons, Neve Campbell, Sissy Spacek
A Place for Annie (TV Movie 1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Baby Annie is HIV positive and has been left in the clinic by her drug addicted mother. To prevent that she's deported to a home where they'd just wait for her to die, nurse Susan takes ... See full summary »

Director: John Gray
Stars: Sissy Spacek, Mary-Louise Parker, S. Epatha Merkerson
Raggedy Man (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

It's 1944 in the small town of Gregory, Texas. Divorcée Nita Longley has been brought into the town by the telephone company to work as its switchboard operator, a job which requires her to... See full summary »

Director: Jack Fisk
Stars: Sissy Spacek, Eric Roberts, Sam Shepard
Lake City (2008)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A desperate young man, on the run from a dangerous drug dealer, returns to his mother, years after a family tragedy drove them far apart, to hide. However, his old and new life are about to collide.

Directors: Hunter Hill, Perry Moore
Stars: Sissy Spacek, Jason Davis, Alina Phelan
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

What would you do if someone you loved sat down with you one night and calmly told you that they were going to end their life before morning? This is Thelma Cates' dilemma. Her daughter, ... See full summary »

Director: Tom Moore
Stars: Sissy Spacek, Anne Bancroft, Ed Berke
Marie (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A woman is determined to reveal the truth about an insidious political corruption. In doing so she risks her safety, career and reputation but will not stop asking questions until the truth is known.

Director: Roger Donaldson
Stars: Sissy Spacek, Jeff Daniels, Keith Szarabajka
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Young love may endure in your heart and one day re-ignite, but reality may soon dowse the flames.

Director: Jack Fisk
Stars: Sissy Spacek, Kevin Kline, Bonnie Bedelia
The Good Old Boys (TV Movie 1995)
Adventure | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

An aging cowboy must choose between his desire to remain free and the responsibilities of maintaining a family.

Director: Tommy Lee Jones
Stars: Tommy Lee Jones, Terry Kinney, Frances McDormand
A Private Matter (TV Movie 1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

The true story of Romper Room host "Miss Sherri" Finkbine, who, after the devastating effects of thalidomide were discovered in the early 1960s, sparked a firestorm of controversy with her ... See full summary »

Director: Joan Micklin Silver
Stars: Sissy Spacek, Aidan Quinn, Estelle Parsons
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

An attractive young hitchhiker named Ginger meets and and takes up with a lonely, middle-aged advertising executive who is recently divorced. He is inspired by her free-spirited ... See full summary »

Director: Gordon Wiles
Stars: Monte Markham, Susan Oliver, Mark Miller


Cast overview, first billed only:
Pam O'Brien
Russell Cates
Keith O'Brien
Janet Wright ...
Leslie Carlson ...
Dan (as Les Carlson)
Ken James ...
Christina Collins ...
Andrew Sardella ...
Wayne Downer ...
Policeman #2
Diane D'Aquila ...
Christine Reeves ...
Cop's Wife
Guard #1
John Pearson ...
Guard #2


Russell Gates is a Vietnam vet on death row for killing a policeman. His childhood sweetheart, Pam O'Brien, is stunned to learn this and does not believe he could commit such a crime. She writes to him much to the dismay of her husband Keith and becomes obsessed with the case, exploring every avenue that may still be open to the doomed man. The trips to the prison take a toll on both her marriage and her family. Written by David Kinne <>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language and some violence | See all certifications »





Release Date:

23 June 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Esperança Final  »

Filming Locations:

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

Well played death row drama
10 March 2014 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

Actor and director Tony Bill has directed this story which tell another tragic Vietnam veteran story. Today a bit contrived, maybe, but in 1996 quite actual. It still is. War time veterans with psychological problems are coming out of any war.

Middle aged Pam learns that her childhood sweetheart, Russel, a man which couldn't hurt a fly, is imprisoned and waiting on death row after killing a policeman. She can't understand why, and goes to visit him, and sons learn that he didn't do what he is accused for. She engages in the case, and this soon affects her life and her marriage. Her husband is a Vietnam vet himself, and not at all with ease with it.

Sissy Spacek plays Pam, and David Strathairn plays their roles with great poise, and adds to the films greatness. Arliss Howard starts off like an unimportant guy in the beginning, but soon he is doing just as great as the others. The film hits on several levels, and is almost like a stage play. It could have been great on stage with a couple if good actors. And it's turned out to be a good film as well. Dark and bleak, yet filmed with bright colors as well, like a fresh nineties film, it balances between a film noir and prison movie. The film uses flashbacks when it comes to her child hood memories, to underline that Russ was a nice guy back then.

It's strong on emotions, and gets you really in the end. A drama you won't forget.

Watch this seven times before you go watch the highly overrated "Dead man walking".

0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Arliss Howard nolaladyj
Discuss Beyond the Call (1996) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: