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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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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Carl Panzram: Hey chicken ass, good day for a hanging, huh?
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Soundtracks

MY BABY SAID SHE'S MARRY ME
Music by Bill Elliott
Performed by Bill Elliott & His Orchestra
Sung by Frederick Hodges
Courtesy of Windswept Pacific Entertainment Co.
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'Killer' movie
20 May 2007 | by haildevilmanSee all my reviews

Carl Panzram was a viscous creep with a real life bite-your-face-off attitude. Woods played him to smithereens.

Sure he overacted a bit, but Panzram was not the most laid-back guy.

The problem with this film is that it couldn't decide if it was a character study or a condemnation of prison conditions. They also managed to throw in religious bigotry and left-wing politics. It did it better than some films would have, but the ending left too much open.

Woods owned the film. He had Carl as both Genius and loose cannon. The real Panzram was similar. And many quotes contributed to him are scattered about the film. ("I wish you all had one neck..." "I could hang a dozen men...") Leonard did an adequate job as Henry Lesser but played him a bit to "nice." Most of the guards kept their distance from ol' Carl. With good reason too.

Woods fans see this now. Anyone else...your call.


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