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Execution of Justice (1999)

The story of an assassin who killed a mayor in the 1970's in what was known as the "Twinkie Defense".


Leon Ichaso


Emily Mann (play), Michael Butler (teleplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tim Daly ... Dan White
Peter Coyote ... Harvey Milk
Khalil Kain ... Sister Boom Boom
Tyne Daly ... Goldie Judge
Stephen Young ... George Moscone
Frank Pellegrino ... Frank Falzon
Amy Van Nostrand ... Mary Ann White
Lisa Rhoden Lisa Rhoden ... Denise Apcar
Trulie MacLeod Trulie MacLeod ... Eileen White
Shannon Hile ... Dianne Feinstein
Paul Miller Paul Miller ... Ray Sloan
Richard Fitzpatrick ... Tom Norman
Jonathan Higgins ... Doug Schmidt
Mark Camacho ... Coombs
Rodger Barton Rodger Barton ... Reilly


The true story of the assassination of San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and City Supervisor Harvey Milk on November 27, 1978. The case of assassin Dan White has become known as the "Twinkie defense" after his sentence was reduced from first-degree murder to voluntary manslaughter. White served five years in prison and committed suicide in 1985. This film is based on 'Emily Mann''s play. Written by <coymoon@petercoyote.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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






Release Date:

28 November 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ejecución de la justicia See more »

Filming Locations:

San Francisco, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:




Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Harvey Milk is shown on election night wearing a white t-shirt and jeans. Milk always wore a suit while campaigning, including on election night. See more »


Harvey Milk: If a bullet should enter my brain, let it destroy every closet door in America.
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A rather interesting... and extremely adapted adaptation.
28 February 2007 | by sftigerSee all my reviews

Generally well done as this is, the TV production of "Execution of Justice" is a far departure from Emily Mann's play on which it is supposedly based. Ms. Mann's script is actually a collage of quotes from news reports, speeches, and trial transcripts following White's assassination of Milk and Moscone.

The TV production takes place largely around the lives of both Harvey Milk and Dan White. It takes the usual liberties with actual details (whereas the original play was extremely factual), but essentially gives a good overview of the events and pressures leading to the double murder.

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