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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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

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 »

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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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The Governor should definitely watch this great episode.....
13 August 2017 | by (India) – See all my reviews

This is one of my favorite episode apart from All thru... from the first season. Saw this in the early 90s n had seen all the 93 episodes n spin off movies. Revisited it recently. This episode is about an electrician (William Sadler), who works as an executioner in a penitentiary. The acting by Sadler is top notch. How he keeps the viewers glued in by just talking to the camera. Also how he makes fun of all the criminals who are about to receive death penalty by his electrocution. Thru TV news we n him r informed that the death penalty has been done away with. Later after being jobless, Sadler becomes a vigilante. He starts killing criminals who are let off by the court. His execution style is still the same, death by electrocution. The episode is very well directed n acted. The dark humour is top notch.


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