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Executions (1995)

"Executions" is a documentary showing real footage of the many different methods humanity has used through-out history for capital punishment. During the film, the makers point out how ... See full summary »
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"Executions" is a documentary showing real footage of the many different methods humanity has used through-out history for capital punishment. During the film, the makers point out how unjustifiable the death penalty is in every situation, so they do take a staunch stance against what they're presenting. Footage from live executions are shown in detail. Written by Kerryn Wedgwood

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Think you are pro capital punishment? Watch this one and then make up your mind.
8 May 2007 | by (Stockholm, Sweden) – See all my reviews

This movie depicts human executions, genocide and other human atrocities. What makes it so special is how nothing is sugar coated the way that is common these days. Instead the issue is presented with graphic footage of real killings. Indeed, extremely brutal and shocking but extremely convincing as far as the invalidity of capital punishment concerns.

Another commenter, who had not even seen the movie, claimed the movie to be biased due to not telling about the crime of Robert Alton Harris who was the last man to be killed by gas in the USA. I beg to differ a whole lot. First, that killing is not representative for the movie considering how a large part of it is focused around war and genocide by ethnic, political or racial reasons throughout the world. Second, the issue is not about how criminals should be left unpunished but that the capital punishment is an unjust one and has no place in modern societies. It is illogical to grant the state the right to kill while it is looked upon as a horrendous crime when committed by a citizen. Third, the specific execution of Robert Alton Harris made the cup runneth over as what maintaining capital punishment by gassing concerned. An official who after the execution got questioned about the killing of Alton to have been "cruel and unusual" considering it lasted some 20 minutes responded: "That would be a valid judgment I don't know if I can make. It's not a clean, quick, humane way of killing somebody." For anyone wanting to make up his/her mind about the capital punishment I fully recommend this movie to be watched.


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