Shot in the Heart (2001)

TV Movie  |  R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  13 October 2001 (USA)
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The story of a man coming to terms with the sins and secrets of his notorious brother and, in the process, exploring the legacy of violence in his own family.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anne Kathryn Parma ...
Ashley Edwards ...
Evyn Clark ...
Bessie (Age 12)
Kim Abunuwara ...
Terry Beaver ...
Reid Sasser ...
Trevor Gosden ...
Mikal (Age 5-12)
Gary (Age 15-22) (as Paul Wasilewski)


In fall 1977, Mikal Gilmore and his older brother Frank Jr. ride through the Salt Lake Valley in a Rolls-Royce driven by ACLU lawyer Richard Giaque. They are on their way to Utah's Draper Prison for a "one-time-only" visit with their notorious brother Gary, a death-row inmate set to be executed in a few days. Convicted a year earlier of the brutal murders of two Mormon men, Gary has been sentenced to death in the wake of the Supreme Court's decision to reinstate capital punishment. Since he stands to become the first American in more than a decade to be executed, Gary has become the subject of enormous national attention, and his request to die stuns his ailing mother Bessie and confuses his brothers. Mikal and Frank hope to meet with Gary, change his mind, and get papers signed that will stay the execution. Written by <>

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He was worth more dead than he ever was alive... but not to me. I was Gary Gilmore's brother. See more »

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Rated R for language and some strong violence | See all certifications »




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13 October 2001 (USA)  »

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Shot in the Dark  »

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Well acted but boring
10 September 2002 | by (Split, Croatia) – See all my reviews

I agree with other users comments in that the two main roles were well acted, that being the guy that played Gary Gillmore and Giovanni's role. Too bad the story was so boring. Not hearing about the story I knew nothing of Gary Gillmore before the movie so I didn't know what to expect. I thought it would be something like Dead Man Walking or The Chamber but how wrong I was. The whole movie was just talking, talking and talking about their mom and dad. The only cool scenes were the flashbacks where the dad would lose his temper. That was the only interest I got from this borefest.

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