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Beyond the Call (1996)

Russell Gates is a Vietnam vet on death row for killing a policeman. His childhood sweetheart, Pam O'Brien, is stunned to learn this and does not believe he could commit such a crime. She ... See full summary »

Director:

Tony Bill

Writer:

Doug Magee
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sissy Spacek ... Pam O'Brien
David Strathairn ... Russell Cates
Arliss Howard ... Keith O'Brien
Janet Wright ... Fran
Lindsay Murrell ... Rebecca
Leslie Carlson ... Dan (as Les Carlson)
Ken James Ken James ... Mel
Christina Collins Christina Collins ... Ruth
Andrew Sardella Andrew Sardella ... Mark
Wayne Downer Wayne Downer ... Policeman #2
Diane D'Aquila Diane D'Aquila ... Angela
Christine Reeves Christine Reeves ... Cop's Wife
Rufus Crawford ... Thibodeaux
Desmond Campbell ... Guard #1
John Pearson John Pearson ... Guard #2
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Storyline

Russell Gates is a Vietnam vet on death row for killing a policeman. His childhood sweetheart, Pam O'Brien, is stunned to learn this and does not believe he could commit such a crime. She writes to him much to the dismay of her husband Keith and becomes obsessed with the case, exploring every avenue that may still be open to the doomed man. The trips to the prison take a toll on both her marriage and her family. Written by David Kinne <davros@gargoyle.apana.org.au>

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Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language and some violence | See all certifications »
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Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 June 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Esperança Final See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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A heartfelt movie that will bring a tear to your eye
9 March 2008 | by brenttmilehamSee all my reviews

This is truly a gem of a movie and should be seen by all who love a great story and superb acting. At first glance you may be turned off by the idea of a man on death row for killing a cop. You may not understand how Sissy Spaceks character can have any compassion towards her ex boyfriend after what has happened. When i first viewed this movie i had a friend who had walked in late on this movie & initially couldn't understand why someone had told him this was worth seeing. Well towards the end of the movie in the seen with the last phone call. My friend actually got so choked up he couldn't help but to let out a slight whimper and say ouch. Can't say i was doing any better... glad it was dark. So all in all it's a truly heartfelt movie and a must see for anyone who is not afraid to shed a tear. Guys i recommend not watching this with a buddy because it will get you. If it doesn't choke you up, check your pulse... you might be dead!!


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