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Execution of Justice (1999)

The story of an assassin who killed a mayor in the 1970's in what was known as the "Twinkie Defense".

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Dan White
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Sister Boom Boom
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Goldie Judge
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George Moscone
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Frank Falzon
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Mary Ann White
Lisa Rhoden ...
Denise Apcar
Trulie MacLeod ...
Eileen White
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Dianne Feinstein
Paul Miller ...
Ray Sloan
Richard Fitzpatrick ...
Tom Norman
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Doug Schmidt
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Coombs
Rodger Barton ...
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The true story of the assassination of San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and City Supervisor Harvey Milk on November 27, 1978. The case of assassin Dan White has become known as the "Twinkie defense" after his sentence was reduced from first-degree murder to voluntary manslaughter. White served five years in prison and committed suicide in 1985. This film is based on 'Emily Mann''s play. Written by <coymoon@petercoyote.com>

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Crime | Drama

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Rated R for language and some violence | See all certifications »
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28 November 1999 (USA)  »

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Ejecución de la justicia  »

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Harvey Milk is first seen giving a campaign speech in 1977. He delivers a version of his famous "Hope Speech" that he did not first deliver until 1978. He is dressed in the white t-shirt and flower lei that Milk famously wore during the 1978 Gay Pride parade, not during his campaign when he always wore a suit. Signs behind him reference California's Proposition 6, the Briggs Initiative, which did not go on the state ballot until 1978 after Milk was elected. See more »

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Harvey Milk: If a bullet should enter my brain, let it destroy every closet door in America.
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Despite some missteps, a good dramatization of a riveting, sad chapter in history...
19 October 2007 | by See all my reviews

Tim Daly is surprisingly adept at playing tortured, ruined ex-City Supervisor Dan White who, in November 1978, shot and killed San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and fellow supervisor Harvey Milk in their offices. Daly, who also executive produced for Showtime, is careful not to build an apologia for White; instead, he allows us to see the pressures which erupted and quickly boiled over in White's conflicted life, with money woes hindering him, real or imagined betrayals haunting him, and the fear of failure chipping away at his hard-working-American exterior. I didn't care for the roller-skating voice of Gay Truth who makes several appearances, and the courtroom scenes are a bit lax, but the film's docu-drama approach is absorbing and commendable, and the teleplay fills in a lot of gaps surrounding this case which are not otherwise well-known.


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