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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
Roy Brocksmith ...
Vic
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Warden Havers
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Theodore Carne
Dani Minnick ...
Cynthia Baldwin
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Distraught Woman
Robert Winley ...
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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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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Trivia

Walter Hill agreed to give William Sadler the lead only if he vowed to perform it exactly as he had for the audition. See more »

Quotes

Niles Talbot: [talking about the electric chair] They say the electric current's so fast that the brain gets cooked just as soon as the switch is thrown... prisoner never feels a thing. Boy, I'd hate to think that was true.
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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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