Licensed to Kill (1998)


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In 1977, documentary filmmaker Arthur Dong was attacked by four youths who shouted anti-gay epithets at him as they beat him severely. This incident led Dong to a long personal investigation of the reasoning and motivations behind gay bashing; this film was the culmination of Dong's study of homophobic violence, in which he interviews seven men convicted of murder in hate crimes against homosexuals as they try to explain why and how they did what they did. The stories range from men who believed … 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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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
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Full Review… | November 13, 2001
Los Angeles Times
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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

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