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Shot in the Heart (2001)

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The story of a man coming to terms with the sins and secrets of his notorious brother and, in the process, exploring the legacy of violence in his own family.

Director:

Agnieszka Holland

Writers:

Mikal Gilmore (book), Frank Pugliese (teleplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anne Kathryn Parma Anne Kathryn Parma ... Wanda Brown
Ashley Edwards Ashley Edwards ... Alta Brown
Evyn Clark Evyn Clark ... Bessie (Age 12)
Kim Abunuwara Kim Abunuwara ... Melissa Brown
Rick Macy ... Will Brown
Giovanni Ribisi ... Mikal Gilmore
Terry Beaver Terry Beaver ... Richard Giaque
Lee Tergesen ... Frank Gilmore, Jr.
Reid Sasser Reid Sasser ... Guard No 1
Elias Koteas ... Gary Gilmore
Brett Fleisher ... Gaylen Gilmore
Sam Shepard ... Frank Gilmore, Sr.
Trevor Gosden Trevor Gosden ... Mikal (Age 5-12)
Amy Madigan ... Bessie Gilmore
Paul Wesley ... Gary (Age 15-22) (as Paul Wasilewski)
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Storyline

In fall 1977, Mikal Gilmore and his older brother Frank Jr. ride through the Salt Lake Valley in a Rolls-Royce driven by ACLU lawyer Richard Giaque. They are on their way to Utah's Draper Prison for a "one-time-only" visit with their notorious brother Gary, a death-row inmate set to be executed in a few days. Convicted a year earlier of the brutal murders of two Mormon men, Gary has been sentenced to death in the wake of the Supreme Court's decision to reinstate capital punishment. Since he stands to become the first American in more than a decade to be executed, Gary has become the subject of enormous national attention, and his request to die stuns his ailing mother Bessie and confuses his brothers. Mikal and Frank hope to meet with Gary, change his mind, and get papers signed that will stay the execution. Written by <Laffz00@aol.com>

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He was worth more dead than he ever was alive... but not to me. I was Gary Gilmore's brother. See more »


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

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 October 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Shot in the Dark See more »

Filming Locations:

Baltimore, Maryland, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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In this film Elias Koteas plays a real-life criminal who fights and begs for a long time for his right to receive the death penalty. In Fallen (1998) his wishes were fulfilled right in the first sequences of the film. See more »

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Version of The Executioner's Song (1982) See more »

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Old Shep
Written by Red Foley
Performed by Elvis Presley
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Chic Prison Blues
30 January 2004 | by EdgarSTSee all my reviews

An interesting TV movie based on true fact, betrayed by the description of one of the leading characters, that of a prisoner. Giovanni Ribisi plays his younger brother, who has the delicate mission of deciding if he will appeal to the courts for his brother's death penalty. But when he goes to visit him and enters Elias Koteas, the problem starts. It has nothing to do with Koteas' acting ability. He just looks like the version of a prisoner of proletarian roots according to "G.Q." magazine, with a language too sophisticated for someone who has spent most of his life behind bars. This realization came to me after meeting again an old friend, whom I had not seen for almost 15 years, which he spent in several Panamanian jails. The young man I used to know is gone, not only because he is older, but due to his exposure for a prolonged time to the penal system. There are jails and there are jails, one must say, but this one prisoner in "Shot In the Heart" is definitely out of this world.


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