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  • Steve Everett, Oakland Tribune journalist with a passion for women and alcohol, is given the coverage of the upcoming execution of murderer Frank Beachum. His attractive colleague Michelle died in a car accident the night before. Bob Findley, Steve's boss and husband to Steve's current affair, wants him dead and gone as soon as possible. When Steve stumbles across the possibility of Frank Beachum being innocently on death row, Bob feels his time to have come. Now Steve only has a few hours left to prove the innocence of Frank and to be right with this theory, as he definitely will be history if he's not.

  • A recovering alcoholic, womanizing reporter, who can't stay out of trouble with his bosses (mostly because he is sleeping with their wives), inherits a human interest story about a prisoner, who is sentenced to die at midnight for the murder of a pregnant woman who owed him $96. However, the reporter immediately figures out that the key witness lied about what he saw and believes the prisoner is innocent. He then sets out to prove his belief in the final 12 hours of the prisoner's life. James Woods appears as Eastwood's Editor-in-Chief and the only man who still believes in his talents. Denis Leary is Eastwood's direct editor, who wants him fired for his direct belligerence and the fact that he slept with Leary's wife.

  • A reporter who is an alcoholic and a womanizer is tasked with interviewing a man who is about to be executed for killing a pregnant woman. After doing a little research and speaking to the man he is convinced that he is innocent. He tries to investigate but because of his drinking and womanizing he is not very credible and he when he thinks that he's onto something he hits a wall. Eventually both his personal and professional life are damaged. And the man whom he believes is innocent is getting closer to his date with the needle.

  • Can an over-the-hill journalist uncover the evidence that can prove a death row inmate's innocence just hours before his execution?


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