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Killer: A Journal of Murder (1995)

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Carl Panzram is sent to Leavenworth Prison for burglary. While there, he is brutally beaten by a guard. Neophyte guard Henry Lesser feels sympathy for Panzram, befriends him, and gets him ... See full summary »

Director:

Tim Metcalfe

Writers:

Thomas E. Gaddis (book) (as Thomas Gaddis), James Long (book) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Woods ... Carl Panzram
Robert Sean Leonard ... Henry Lesser
Ellen Greene ... Elizabeth Wyatt
Cara Buono ... Esther Lesser
Robert John Burke ... R.G. Greiser
Richard Riehle ... Warden Quince
Harold Gould ... Old Henry Lesser
John Bedford Lloyd ... Dr. Karl Menninger
Jeffrey DeMunn ... Sam Lesser
Conrad McLaren Conrad McLaren ... Judge John W. Kingman
Steve Forrest ... Warden Charles Casey
Richard Council ... Cop
Christopher Petrosino Christopher Petrosino ... Richard Lesser
Michael Jeffrey Woods Michael Jeffrey Woods ... Harry Sinclair (as Michael Jeffery Woods)
Rob Locke Jones Rob Locke Jones ... Junkie
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Storyline

Carl Panzram is sent to Leavenworth Prison for burglary. While there, he is brutally beaten by a guard. Neophyte guard Henry Lesser feels sympathy for Panzram, befriends him, and gets him to write his life story. Lesser learns that Panzram's past is much more violent than he thought, but also that he's capable of being a much better person than the rest of the prison staff believes - or so Lesser thinks. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Liar. Thief. Murderer. He hated all of humanity, himself most of all.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language and strong, brutal violence, including a rape | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 September 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Killer See more »

Filming Locations:

Connecticut, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$31,993, 8 September 1996, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$65,682, 15 September 1996
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Dolby SR

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Black and White | Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Matthew Broderick and Robert Downey Jr. were considered for the role of Henry Lesser. See more »

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The amount of beer in Henry Lesser's glass at the speakeasy. See more »

Quotes

Carl Panzram: Hey chicken ass, good day for a hanging, huh?
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Referenced in Tomorrow by Midnight (2001) See more »

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I LIKE TO PET
Music by Bill Elliott
Performed by Bill Elliott & His Orchestra
Sung by Frederick Hodges
Courtesy of Windswept Pacific Entertainment Co.
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The Film is better than people are scoring it.
6 March 2013 | by cornish-kennardSee all my reviews

If you are into the genre, as I am, this is a perfectly acceptable film, Woods is fine in it, I feel people either love this guy, or hate him. Should not distract from the story and he is pretty good in it, I am in the love James woods camp. (Videodrome is awesome- all hail the new flesh-) But its not just Woods in this, all the supporting cast are good, it was filmed on a modest budget, but still retains that polished 90's edge to it, does not come across as cheap though. Give this ago if you have not seen it but do not be expecting something along the lines of silence or seven, you will be disappointed.I give it an 8, for the cast, the story and the time it was made in. And I will watch it again in another five years. On a side note, people should judge films a little better, rankings on this site are getting stupid, this is better than a lot of films getting a 9. And there are some film greats that are genre breaking that rank in below an 8, sort it out a little bit please, my fellow community.


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