On December 7, 1993, a gunman opened fire in a crowded commuter train on Long Island. This fact-based story focuses on the events that swell around Carolyn McCarthy, a woman whose husband is killed and her 26 year old son is severely wounded in the massacre. The result is she is forced out of her comfortable suburban existence and she becomes an out-spoken crusader against assault weapons. The film shifts from her perspective to the mind of the killer and finally to the media frenzy that surrounds both. Written by
John Sacksteder <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Did You Know?
As producer of the film, Barbra Streisand
found herself on the receiving end of Charlton Heston
's anger. Heston was president of the National Rifle Association at the time and took issue with the film's liberal stance on gun control, calling Streisand the "Hanoi Jane of the Second Amendment". Streisand's riposte was that she all for the use of guns for hunting but "you don't need a AK-47 to kill game and you don't need an Uzi to defend yourself". See more
The 1996 Congressional election in which she ran against Dan Frisa was never considered to be a close one, like the movie suggests. All the polls had McCarthy up by a substantial margin and it was clear in October that she would win. She won 58% to Frisa's 40%. See more