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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".

Director:

Leon Ichaso

Writers:

Emily Mann (play), Michael Butler (teleplay)
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Cast

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 Richard Fitzpatrick ... Tom Norman
Jonathan Higgins ... Doug Schmidt
Mark Camacho ... Coombs
Rodger Barton Rodger Barton ... Reilly
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Storyline

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>

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Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Country:

USA

Language:

English

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 »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Goofs

Harvey Milk is first seen giving a campaign speech in 1977. He delivers a version of his famous "Hope Speech" that he did not first deliver until 1978. He is dressed in the white t-shirt and flower lei that Milk famously wore during the 1978 Gay Pride parade, not during his campaign when he always wore a suit. Signs behind him reference California's Proposition 6, the Briggs Initiative, which did not go on the state ballot until 1978 after Milk was elected. See more »

Quotes

Harvey Milk: If a bullet should enter my brain, let it destroy every closet door in America.
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Sobering tragedy
29 November 1999 | by mermattSee all my reviews

This film is an effective retelling of the tragic event that took place in late November, 1978, in San Francisco's City Hall -- an event that sent the city into turmoil. Using re-enactments of the murders as well as comments from some of the real people who were affected by the tragic deaths, the film gives us a view into the mind of Dan White. Like Lee Harvey Oswald, White was a mixed up and misguided person. Outwardly an "all-American boy," he evidently was incapable of deep thought and self-control.

I found the film a bit like JFK in its elaborate reconstruction of the crime and its foreboding atmosphere. The murders and the suicide are tragedies that play out like something from a Greek drama. This is a surprisingly well-done TV movie.


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