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Somebody Has to Shoot the Picture (1990)

Raymond Eames, a small-time drug dealer, has been sentenced to death for the shooting death of a policeman. After seven years of appeals are exhausted, the date of his execution arrives. ... See full summary »

Director:

Frank Pierson

Writer:

Doug Magee
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Roy Scheider ... Paul Marish, Photographer
Bonnie Bedelia ... Hannah McGrath
Robert Carradine ... Police Sgt. Jerry Brown
Andre Braugher ... Dan Weston, Time Magazine Reporter
Arliss Howard ... Raymond Eames
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bob Barnes Bob Barnes ... Gov. Dean
Rex Benson Rex Benson ... Buddy Eames, Raymond's Father
Harold Bergman Harold Bergman ... Judge Landis
Ginger Burgett Ginger Burgett ... Jean Watley
Traber Burns Traber Burns ... Ron Felders
Patrick Cherry Patrick Cherry ... Donnie, Crazy Death Row Inmate
Antoni Corone ... Mike Knighton, Ex-cop / D.A.'s Assistant
Jay Glick Jay Glick ... Prison chaplain
Marietta Haley Marietta Haley ... TV Reporter
Danny Hanemann Danny Hanemann ... Doug McGrath, Jackie McGrath's Brother
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Storyline

Raymond Eames, a small-time drug dealer, has been sentenced to death for the shooting death of a policeman. After seven years of appeals are exhausted, the date of his execution arrives. His last request is that his execution be photographed. Eames selects Paul Marish, a jaded Pulitzer Prize winning photographer, who is convinced by his agent to visit the small town in Georgia. Sensing a big story, Marish's agent sends in a reporter from Time magazine, and together they begin to investigate the events surrounding the murder, in a small town where emotions are high and opinions are fixed. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and violence. | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 September 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Athoos i enohos See more »

Filming Locations:

Mount Dora, Florida, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

An HBO original, this film was part of the pay cable channel's effort to gain TV-movie credibility in the early 90's. See more »

Goofs

[possibly done by filmmakers] Paul's photography of Eames and the other prisoners hands lighting the cigarette wouldn't be possible since Paul is inside the cell and he doesn't move his camera outside of the bars to get that perfect shot. See more »

Quotes

Steve March (Eames trial prosecuting attorney: I believe that there are people in this world who are possessed by evil forces over which they have absolutely no control. I wish it were possible to separate the man from his evil impulses, that way we could execute the evil and set the man free. Until we can do that, I'm afraid the Eames' of this world just gonna have to die along with their murderous souls. I really, absolutely, believe that.
Paul Marish, Photographer: I met Eames. You scared me a hell of a lot more than he does.
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Take a hard look
11 July 2002 | by hidionSee all my reviews

There are clunky parts to this film, and the film is not flawless. This film obviously, in the vein of The Green Mile and Dead Man Walking, carries a staunch anti-death penalty political view. Those who agree with such a standpoint will rate it far higher than the sum of the parts. For the pro-death penalty crowd, this film undoubtedly is seen as left-leaning liberal crap. While fictitious, the story nonetheless resonates with too many real-life counterparts. The prevailing strength of this film is the social reality that resonate throughout. Undoubtedly, this film's ratings on IMDB will be hurt by political views alone. I invite - no, plead - with all of those like-minded individuals to see the unique possibilities that this film implies. This is one of the disturbing films, like the movie Kids, that should be seen at least once by us all.


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