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Kill Me If You Can (1977)

The story of Caryl Chessman, a convicted California rapist who spent 12 years on death row before finally being executed.

Director:

Buzz Kulik

Writer:

John Gay
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Alda ... Caryl W. Chessman
Talia Shire ... Rosalie Asher
John Hillerman ... George Davis
Barnard Hughes ... Judge Fricke
Virginia Kiser ... Virginia Gibbons
Edward Mallory Edward Mallory
Walter McGinn Walter McGinn ... J. Miller Leavy
Ben Piazza ... Bill Edmunds
John Randolph ... Judge Lewis Goodman
John P. Ryan ... Johnson
Rose Portillo ... Sarah Loper
Maxine Stuart ... Mrs. Asher
Brian Byers ... Harris
James Sikking ... Mr. Lea
George Sperdakos ... Court Clerk
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The story of Caryl Chessman, a convicted California rapist who spent 12 years on death row before finally being executed.

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Biography | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 September 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Caryl Chessman Story See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Goofs

In one scene the sub-title states it is January 1956 but it shows Chessman arriving at court building in a 1957 Chevrolet which did not debut until September 1956. See more »

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This is just one of those unforgettable films
21 July 2006 | by glen-187See all my reviews

I saw this film many years ago and still remember it vividly, but like others have been unable to purchase the film!! I found the story so interesting that I later read the three books Caryl Chessman wrote while on death row as well as the transcript of his trial and all were fascinating. Alan Alda's performance was superb and the entire film was gripping. I have no doubt from my reading he was not a nice man and surely guilty of many things, but i do not believe kidnapping was one of them, it did nit fit the profile and certainly the trial had so many errors it was a disgrace. That's justice for you. I hope one day NBC releases this film on DVD, I know there are many out there that share my passion for this enthralling story.


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