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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 »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Carl Panzram
... Henry Lesser
... Elizabeth Wyatt
... Esther Lesser
... R.G. Greiser
... Warden Quince
... Old Henry Lesser
... Dr. Karl Menninger
... Sam Lesser
Conrad McLaren ... Judge John W. Kingman
... Warden Charles Casey
... Cop
Christopher Petrosino ... Richard Lesser
Michael Jeffrey Woods ... Harry Sinclair (as Michael Jeffery Woods)
Rob Locke Jones ... Junkie
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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 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.


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Rated R for strong language and strong, brutal violence, including a rape | See all certifications »
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6 September 1996 (USA)  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$31,993, 8 September 1996, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$65,682, 15 September 1996
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Based on the true story of serial killer Carl Panzram who was hanged at Leavenworth in 1930. See more »

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When Carl Panzram begins narrating the beginning of his journal the text shown doesn't match the narrative. The text states that Panzram is a liar, a degenerate, and a murderer, while the voice over immediately jumps into his early childhood and upbringing. See more »

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Carl Panzram: Come on, you hoosier bastard. I could hang ten men in the time it's taking you to hang one.
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YOU NEVER CARED
Music by Bill Elliott
Performed by Bill Elliott & His Orchestra
Sung by Jeff Gilbert
Courtesy of Windswept Pacific Entertainment Co.
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The Film is better than people are scoring it.
6 March 2013 | by See 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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