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Licensed to Kill (1998)





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The winner of two awards at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival, this arresting documentary presents candid and disturbing interviews with assorted men, all of whom have been incarcerated for murdering homosexuals. The inmates' reasons for victimizing gays range from revenge against childhood abuses, to rage, to the inability to deal with their own latent homosexuality.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Musical & Performing Arts, Special Interest
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Written By: Arthur Dong
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On DVD: Jun 14, 2005


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Critic Reviews for Licensed to Kill

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (3)

Offering a harrowing and disturbing look at homophobia and anti-gay violence, Dong's courageous docu, winner of 2 major awards at the 1997 Sundance Fest, is an intelligent exploration of sexual prejudice and hatred in contemporay American society.

Full Review… | February 14, 2007
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | November 13, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

It's a simple idea for a film: Do interviews with people in prison who have killed gays and ask them to explain why they did it, but the riveting result is far from simple.

Full Review… | November 13, 2001
Laramie Movie Scope

Documentaries need energy, or they can become as dry as reading a dictionary. Dong's questions too often illicit little interest from the prisoners.

Full Review… | November 13, 2001
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Full Review… | November 13, 2001
Austin Chronicle

Audience Reviews for Licensed to Kill


One of the most powerful documentaries I have seen. And very sad too how religion still pays a very strong part of killing innocent people. That, ignorance, and/or homophobia.

Stephanie Adams

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