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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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Interesting but Unrealistic.
29 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie was interesting with good performances by the leads, but it does have a few flaws. First, the murdered girl hitchhiked with her killer. You are never given an explanation as to why a sensible girl would do this. Also, the killer's background and motivation is not well presented and the character is not well-developed. The killer and his 13-year old daughter are very close, but he had to have been in prison for at least 10 years. It's not realistic that they could have been that close under these circumstances. Finally, it is unbelievable that the killer and the victim's family would ever consider the idea that the victim's parents should raise the killer's daughter. Yet, even with these problems, it is not a bad movie, just a made-for-TV one.


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