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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... See more »

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Paul Marish, Photographer
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Hannah McGrath
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Police Sgt. Jerry Brown
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Dan Weston, Time Magazine Reporter
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Raymond Eames
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bob Barnes ...
Gov. Dean
Rex Benson ...
Buddy Eames, Raymond's Father
Harold Bergman ...
Judge Landis
Ginger Burgett ...
Jean Watley
Traber Burns ...
Ron Felders
Patrick Cherry ...
Donnie, Crazy Death Row Inmate
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Mike Knighton, Ex-cop / D.A.'s Assistant
Jay Glick ...
Prison chaplain
Marietta Haley ...
TV Reporter
Danny Hanemann ...
Doug McGrath, Jackie McGrath's Brother
John Glenn Harding ...
Waiter
Tom Kouchalakos ...
Burke
Ann Kymberlie ...
Clerk
Michael Leopard ...
Guard #1
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Supt. Stanton
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Dr. Milliken
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Nathanson
Greg Paul Meyers ...
Jackie McGrath, Murder Victim
Kathy Neff ...
Doreen Rusher
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Steve March (Eames trial prosecuting attorney / District Attorney)
Michael O'Smith ...
Police Chief
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Executioner
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Floyd Tatum
James Lea Raupp ...
Electrician
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Aide #1
Tracy Roberts ...
'Betty' the Barmaid
Tom Schuster ...
Jake Rusher, Ex-cop who commits suicide
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Blohm, Owner Blohm's Bait & Tackle at Gilden Georgia
Mattie Wolf ...
Mrs. Landis
Steve Zurk ...
Guard in charge
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Gospel Singer at Execution (uncredited)
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Riot Policeman (uncredited)

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Frank Pierson

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Doug Magee ... (written by)

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Alan Barnette ... producer
Oscar L. Costo ... co-producer
Mychelle Deschamps ... associate producer
William Sackheim ... executive producer

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James Newton Howard

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Bojan Bazelli

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Peter Zinner

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Brent Brooks ... apprentice film editor
Katina Zinner ... assistant editor

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Allison Cowitt
Mike Fenton
Judy Taylor

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Michael Z. Hanan

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Mark Zuelzke

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Douglas A. Mowat

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Bernadene Morgan

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Felicity Bowring ... makeup department head
Louis Lazzara ... makeup artist: Roy Scheider
Gary Walker ... hair stylist

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Jo Brown ... head scenic
Sandi Cook ... art department coordinator/graphic designer
Stitch Crisp ... lead man
John F. Escobar ... utility carpenter
Johnny Graham ... set dresser
Frank Hendrick ... set dresser
Walker Ian ... painter
Joseph Lallement ... painter
Jay May ... property master
Tim Perovich ... assistant property master
Rich Swim ... set dresser
Mark Garner ... set designer (uncredited)

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Patrick Bietz ... sound editor / supervising sound editor
Tom Gerard ... re-recording mixer

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Bruce E. Merlin ... special effects technician
James L. Roberts ... special effects foreman

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Jay Amor ... stunt double
Richard Burden ... stunts
Amy Stephen Wilder ... stunt double

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Scott Eberle ... key grip
C.W. Fallin ... camera operator
Joe Mast ... dolly grip
Tim Metivier ... second assistant camera
Anthony G. Nakonechnyj ... gaffer
Egon Stephan Jr. ... first assistant additional camera: second unit (as Egon Stephan)

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Joni Kearney ... casting assistant (uncredited)

Location Management

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John Garrett ... assistant location manager
R. Colette Hailey ... location manager

Music Department

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Michael Mason ... music production coordinator

Transportation Department

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Michael Allen Bennett ... honeywagon driver
John Orlebeck ... transportation coordinator
Stanley Robinson ... driver

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Lily Duke ... talent coordinator
Vincent G. Gonzales ... production assistant
George Lakes ... production accountant
Shane Le Mar ... stand-in: Andre Braugher
Leslie Stevens ... production coordinator (as Leslie Moak)

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Plot Summary

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

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Also Known As
  • El instante final (Spain)
  • Den Tod im Sucher (West Germany)
  • Sem Justiça (Portugal)
  • Athoos i enohos (Greece)
  • Viimeinen valokuva (Finland)
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  • 104 min
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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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