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Death and Texas (2004)

Football superstar "Barefoot" Bobby Briggs of the Austin Steers has been convicted of murder. Will he be allowed to play with his team on Megabowl Sunday before he is executed? That is what this mockumentary explores.

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Marshall Ledger
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Corrine Ballard
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Phillip Brodeur
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Circuit Court Judge
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Mrs. Kim
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Prison Guard
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Rhiannon McRae
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Ray Ray Ellis
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Dateline # Austin, TX. Barefoot Bobby Briggs, the legendary running back for the Austin Steers was today sentenced to die for his role in the armed robbery/murder at a downtown Stop 'n Go convenience store... It's five years later, and Bobby's appeals have all but run out, and the Austin Steers are - once again - on the march to the Superbowl, with a lock on the playoffs, when their wide receiver has a season ending injury. With their playoff hopes in shambles, the Governor of Texas controversially offers Bobby a furlough # from death row # to help rescue the Steers' post-season hopes, and even play in the Superbowl. Death & Texas chronicles the bizarre story of Bobby Briggs, whose pro-career was cut short when he was sentenced to die. Guided by implacable anti-death-penalty advocate Marshall Ledger, Bobby plays the only card he has left # his undoubted prowess on the football field. The final days of his appeals to the courts and the Governor play out side-by-side with the Steers' ... Written by Stephen Israel

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This is no light comedy...!
5 November 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This ain't a Chris Guest movie... I'd probably say its closest cousin is "Bob Roberts" - for those who remember that excellent political satire. And if you liked that, then you'll probably like this. But if you go in expecting light comedy, you'll come away a little shellshocked - so beware!

Die hard death penalty fanatics (like Scott Foundas) certainly won't like it, but for those with an open mind, it's a riveting examination of the issues.

An amazing cast for sure, and a very irreverent streak: it hands up satire from everyone from the victim's mother (a great performance by May Kay Place) to the traditional french windbag droning on about the evils of America.

Central to it all is Charles Durning who lends the film gravitas and is the film's emotional heart: a crusader against all odds, mostly doomed to fail, but who still sees it as his duty to carry out the fight, one inmate at a time.


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