Tales from the Crypt (1989–1996)
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The Man Who Was Death 

After the death penalty is abolished, an executioner continues his former job through freelancing...

Director:

Walter Hill

Writers:

Steven Dodd (creator), Walter Hill (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
William Sadler ... Niles Talbot (as Bill Sadler)
J.W. Smith J.W. Smith ... Charley Ledbetter
Roy Brocksmith ... Vic
David Wohl ... Warden Havers
Gerrit Graham ... Theodore Carne
Dani Minnick ... Cynthia Baldwin
Tony Abatemarco ... Detective
Mimi Kennedy ... Distraught Woman
Robert Winley ... Jimmy Flood
Eve Brent ... Judge #1
Edgar Small Edgar Small ... Judge #2
Mark Lowenthal Mark Lowenthal ... District Attorney
F.J. O'Neil F.J. O'Neil ... Priest
Raymond O'Connor ... Jury Foreman (as Raymond O'Conner)
Jennifer Evans Jennifer Evans ... Newscaster #1 (as M. Jennifer Evans)
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Storyline

After working for two years in the electric workshop of a penitentiary, the electrician Niles Talbot has been promoted to executioner, operating an electric chair, and he appreciates his job. When the death penalty is abolished in his state, Niles loses his job. But he decides to become a vigilante, punishing criminals that are released by justice system. Until the day that the death penalty is implemented again in the state. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Trivia

Roy Brocksmith would play a bartender in the episode, "Cutting Cards." See more »

Goofs

electrocuting the female dancer in the cage as he tries by connecting the cables to the cage would actually not work, as the one safe place is inside the cage (cage of Faraday). See more »

Quotes

Niles Talbot: [talking about the electric chair] They say the electric current's so fast that the brain gets cooked just as soon as the switch is thrown... prisoner never feels a thing. Boy, I'd hate to think that was true.
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Tales from the Crypt Theme
Composed by Danny Elfman
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9 October 2019 | by LouZephyrSee all my reviews

A story about a modern-day executioner who is obsessed with people getting killed by electricity. You follow this guy while he is narrating his own story and breaking the 4th wall while doing so. Great 1st episode of an awesome series.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 June 1989 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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