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The Executioner's Song (1982)

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The story of Gary Gilmore, a convicted murderer who lobbied for his own execution.

Director:

Lawrence Schiller

Writers:

Norman Mailer (screenplay), Norman Mailer (book)
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Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tommy Lee Jones ... Gary Gilmore
Christine Lahti ... Brenda Nicol
Rosanna Arquette ... Nicole Baker
Eli Wallach ... Vern Damico
Steven Keats Steven Keats ... Larry Samuels
Jordan Clarke Jordan Clarke ... Johnny Nicol
Richard Venture Richard Venture ... Earl Dorius
Jenny Wright ... April Baker
Walter Olkewicz ... Pete Galovan
Michael LeClair Michael LeClair ... Rikki Wood
Pat Corley ... Val Conlan
Mary Ethel Gregory Mary Ethel Gregory ... Ida Damico
John Dennis Johnston ... Jimmy Poker-Game
Norris Mailer Norris Mailer ... Lu-Ann (as Norris Church)
Kenneth O'Brien Kenneth O'Brien ... Spencer McGrath
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The planned limited series aims to offer a fresh perspective on the events surrounding Gilmore's trial, which made him one of the most famous men in America.

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Based on the real life case of murderer Gary Mark Gilmore, spanning the last nine months of his life (May 1976-January 1977) in which at age 35, after being released for serving a long prison term in Utah for armed robbery, the unstable Gilmore murdered two men in two separate and senseless robberies in which after a brief public trial in October, he was sentenced to death by firing squad which drew a lot of media attention when Gilmore insisted that his execution be carried out and he became the first man to be executed in the USA since the government reinstated the death penalty in 1976. Written by matt-282

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Biography | Crime | Drama

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Trivia

According to Lawrence Schiller, Debra Winger was strongly favored for Nicole Baker, but was turned down after being considered "too urban" for the role. Tatum O'Neal also read for the role. See more »

Goofs

When they are releasing the straps from Gilmore after he is dead you can see his hand move. In addition the arm is closer to the leg than depicted in the previous shot. See more »

Quotes

Gary Mark Gilmore: Go down on me, partner... I need it
Nicole Baker: Don't call me partner.
Gary Mark Gilmore: No, darlin'... I love it... I love it
Nicole Baker: Yeah, you and seven other motherfuckers.
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Alternate Versions

A 97-minutes version was released theatrically in Europe, featuring additional footage with some nudity not shown in original television version. See more »

Connections

Featured in At the Movies: Tommy Lee Jones (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

This Time
Written and Performed by Waylon Jennings
Produced by Chips Moman
Music Coordinator: Marylou Hyatt
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Jones, Arquette Play Interesting-But-Sick 'Characters'
5 March 2007 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

For a long "television film," I thought this story moved along well, even with the main characters being so sleazy the story gets a little unappealing at times. Of course, when has Rosanna Arquette ever played anything else in her younger days? Also, when did she not show off her big breasts? However, I usually find her playing interesting characters and she looked young and pretty in this early career (for her) TV-movie.

As for Tommy Lee Jones, who plays the main character "Gary Gilmore," I've always found him interesting, too. In this, Jones plays the famous real-life killer while Arquette is "Nicole Baker," his teenage girlfriend. Jones does a nice job showing how mentally messed up Gilmore was back then.

I surprised at the language in here for a television movie, but then again, I saw the "European version" of this movie. The longer American version, I assume, cut out some that language and perhaps some of Arquette's "skin."

I rarely comment about anybody else's review but I recommend reading the comments by "noelani" here since this woman lived in Gilmore's backyard, so to speak, during this period and has some interesting things to say.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 November 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Executioner's Song See more »

Filming Locations:

Orem, Utah, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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