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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 ... 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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What happens when your brother is a killer? 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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A great film on family tragedy
28 June 2013 | by Jasonlrdg4See all my reviews

I read the book this film was based on by Mikal Gilmore and the movie really surpasses it many times over. This is only because of the visual representation that it translated from book to film. For those who haven't seen this film, I would definitely read the book first!

The performances by Giovanni Ribisi and Elias Koetas were terrific. You can tell just by their body language that these characters are authentic. Lee Teregsen also gives a superb job as the oldest brother Frank Jr. Even those this story is supposed top be about the final days of Gary Gilmore's life and its overall significance in American history, "Shot in the Heart" is ultimately about the different levels of relationships between brothers and their overall relationship with their parents. Mormon superstition also plays much into this film, giving the story a very Gothic, depressing, but vivid dimension.


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