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.
He was worth more dead than he ever was alive... but not to me. I was Gary Gilmore's brother.
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Did You Know?
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
Version of The Executioner's Song
Written by Red Foley
Performed by Elvis Presley See more