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Witness to the Execution (1994)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | TV Movie 13 February 1994
In 1999, a television network hopes to draw the biggest ratings ever while televising an execution live into the home of every American family.

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Tommy Lee Wallace

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Keith Pierce (story), Priscilla Prestwidge (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sean Young ... Jessica Traynor
Len Cariou ... Jake Tyler
George Newbern ... Phillip Tyler
Dee Wallace ... Emily Dawson (as Dee Wallace-Stone)
Alan Fudge ... Wallace Sternberg
Brian Markinson ... Kirby Jacobs
Marina Palmier ... Cynthia Moore (as Marina Gonzalez Palmier)
Tim Daly ... Dennis Casterline
Constance Jones Constance Jones ... Lucy
Grant Cole Grant Cole ... Kid with Gun
Alex Morris ... Ramos (as Alex Allen Morris)
Lourdes Regala Lourdes Regala ... Dornbush
Brandon Smith ... Toyoshima
Blue Deckert ... Lt. Mike Spalding
Kurt Rhoads Kurt Rhoads ... Dr. Rosen
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In 1999, a television network hopes to draw the biggest ratings ever while televising an execution live into the home of every American family.

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 February 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hinrichtung live - Die Bestie muß sterben! See more »

Filming Locations:

Houston, Texas, USA

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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will you pay to watch the guilty pay for their crimes?
8 September 2001 | by petershelleyauSee all my reviews

This TVM about the evil lords of pay-for-view TV hooks into the bread and circuses level of entertainment, but taking us where Jerry Springer is yet to go - live coverage of the execution of death row criminals. That the company who forms an agreement with politicians is called Tycom may be a reference to Viacom, with Sean Young as the head of programming, Len Cariou as her boss, and Timothy Daly as the convicted killer chosen for his appeal to women, who we are told control the remote in American households. Although Daly's Sean Penn Dead Man Walking bouffant gives him a sociopathic suggestion, to Young he is a pussycat, which leads her to believe that he is innocent, so director Tommy Lee Wallace gives us a race against the "countdown to justice". The teleplay by Thomas Baum hasn't decided what we ultimately should believe about Daly. It has Young leaning towards his innocence which would make her want to pull the program, but the case it offers in his defense is hardly believable and represented by Dee Wallace Stone in a I'm making the most of my few scenes performance. This therefore works against Young's character, who has been previously established as cynical and savvy, and Wallace skimps on any romance between Young and Daly. Looking very beautiful, Young gives some surprising line readings, and provides a memorable howl. The climactic execution set reminded me of something from Triumph of the Will via Network, with the Big Brother/Big Business implications chillingly realised.


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