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In the Name of the People (2000)

Scott Bakula plays John Burke, a man on death row for the murder of a teenaged girl. As the father of a 13 year-old, he worries what will happen to his daughter after his execution. Richard... See full summary »

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Scott Bakula plays John Burke, a man on death row for the murder of a teenaged girl. As the father of a 13 year-old, he worries what will happen to his daughter after his execution. Richard Thomas and Amy Madigan play the parents of the murdered girl. Madigan is part of an activist group campaigning for the execution of Burke. Then Thomas discovers that he has a bond with his daughter's killer - Burke's own child. Written by Emma

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Thought-provoking, but not very believable
6 January 2004 | by (Newcastle, England) – See all my reviews

I agree this was a thought provoking movie but I couldn't get past some of the basic flaws - there seemed no motivation for the murder; Lisa's closeness to her father who must have been in jail as long as she can remember; and most of all, the adoption sub-plot. I couldn't help but think of the child's point of view; she was being told to go and live with the people who wanted her father killed! Under the circumstances she was very calm about it.

I would also imagine a stay of execution on compassionate grounds would have stood a good chance of success given what happened towards the end of the film. Surely even Americans aren't that heartless!


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