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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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

Paul Marish, Photographer: Are you guilty?
Raymond Eames: They say I am.
Paul Marish, Photographer: [slaps him in the rear] I don't give a fuck to what they say! What do you say?
Raymond Eames: I say 'tomorrow night, darling'. Don't be late.
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It made me think
28 September 2000 | by jeffthompson98See all my reviews

I had never thought of killing the wrong person in a death sentence. This film made me take a hard look at the justice system and the idea of capital punishment. I am still searching but the passion that was portrayed in this movie was great and the idea that an the guiltless could die in the name of justice still haunts me. Sometimes films are needed on a social level I believe this film is one of them.


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