Tales from the Crypt (1989–1996)
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The Man Who Was Death 

After the death penalty is abolished, an executioner continues his former job through freelancing...

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Niles Talbot (as Bill Sadler)
J.W. Smith ...
Charley Ledbetter
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Vic
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Warden Havers
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Theodore Carne
Dani Minnick ...
Cynthia Baldwin
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Distraught Woman
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Jimmy Flood
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Judge #1
Edgar Small ...
Judge #2
Mark Lowenthal ...
District Attorney
F.J. O'Neil ...
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Jury Foreman (as Raymond O'Conner)
Jennifer Evans ...
Newscaster #1 (as M. Jennifer Evans)
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Storyline

After working for two years in the electric workshop of a penitentiary, the electrician Niles Talbot has been promoted to executioner, operating an electric chair, and he appreciates his job. When the death penalty is abolished in his state, Niles loses his job. But he decides to become a vigilante, punishing criminals that are released by justice system. Until the day that the death penalty is implemented again in the state. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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10 June 1989 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

William Sadler initially auditioned for the role of the detective who arrests Niles Talbot but asked at his audition about auditioning to play Talbot. The casting director informed Sadler that they sought Christopher Walken or John Malkovich for the role. Nevertheless, Sadler was allowed to audition and was eventually cast as Talbot. See more »

Quotes

Crypt Keeper: [flies buzz then get zapped by a bug zapper] Aww, poor little fellas. When I think of their childhood, all those cute little maggots hahahahaha. Our story is about a man with nobler ambitions. He likes to kill human pests and he does it in front of an audience. Now that's entertainment hahahaha. So hang onto your hats kiddies, this one's a real shocker.
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Tales from the Crypt Theme
Composed by Danny Elfman
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Starting with a bang!
24 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"A shocking experience! When the death penalty is abolished, a penitentiary executioner turns freelance electrocutioner. But fate may pull a switch on this man who loves to throw the switch."

William Sadler plays an out of work executioner, that hates seeing the guilty walk away free. He takes the law into his own hands to create one of the best episodes of the series.

The real treat here is William Sadler's narration. He sometimes makes you laugh and sometimes makes you think "He has a point there." The special effects arn't "up to par" with today's standards, but if you can remember it's a TV show from 89' then I don't think you'll have any complaints.


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