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The Execution of Wanda Jean (2002)

The Execution of Wanda Jean chronicles the life-and-death battle of Wanda Jean Allen, the first black woman to be put to death in the United States in the modern era.

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Liz Garbus

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Cast

Credited cast:
Wanda Jean Allen Wanda Jean Allen ... Herself
Jesse Jackson ... Himself
David Presson David Presson ... Himself
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The Execution of Wanda Jean chronicles the life-and-death battle of Wanda Jean Allen, the first black woman to be put to death in the United States in the modern era.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

January 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

I ektelesi tis Wanda Jean See more »

Filming Locations:

McAlester, Oklahoma, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,386, 8 September 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,386, 8 September 2002
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Moxie Firecracker Films See more »
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Stereo

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Color
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Sympathy For Devil
14 March 2003 | by Metaldude61See all my reviews

Honestly, on the subject of the death penalty, I could take it or leave it. The problem I have with this documentary lies in the fact that it is a complete love-fest for the murderer, with absolutely no sympathy for the family. The Execution of Wanda Jean, with it's completely one sided view, only reinforced my view that she should have been executed for her crimes. It tried to argue that she was mentally retarded, but nothing in the video supported that view. She seemed uneducated, but so did her entire family, but that doesn't mean they were all retarded. I can completely understand if someone is opposed to the death penalty, but to completely ignore the crime, as if it didn't happen, and try to put Wanda on some moral mountain top, is offensive in nature, and that's not the side of the issue I would be associated with.


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