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Movie Info

In this fact-based film, Gary Gilmore (Tommy Lee Jones), an Indiana man who just finished serving a lengthy stay in prison, tries to start anew by moving to Utah. Before long, Gary begins an ill-advised romance with the troubled Nicole Baker (Rosanna Arquette), a teenaged single mother. As their relationship quickly deteriorates, Gary goes on a murderous rampage, leaving two dead. During his trial, he demands capital punishment; a media circus ensues and outsiders look to profit from his story.

Cast & Crew

Tommy Lee Jones
Gary Mark Gilmore
Eli Wallach
Uncle Vern Damico
Christine Lahti
Brenda Nicol
Jordan Clarke
Johnny Nicol
Steven Keats
Larry Samuels
Walter Olkewicz
Pete Galovan
Norman Mailer
Writer (Book)
Norman Mailer
Writer (Screenplay)
Freddie Francis
Cinematographer
Tom Rolf
Film Editor
John Cacavas
Original Music
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Critic Reviews for The Executioner's Song

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  • Although the quality of the book's dialogue gives the film its distinctive style, that kind of literary magic is not readily transferrable from page to screen.

    December 13, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Executioner's Song

  • Jun 03, 2011
    I loved Norman Mailers book and the television adaption, which he wrote the screenplay for, is pretty tremendous for a television film. It speaks on the death penalty, maybe if the public saw how brutal capital punishment is they wouldn't support it, and this film does a decent job at bringing that idea up. Jones is great as Gilmore, stunningly making the viewer almost feel empathy for the guy who has been ruined by the broken prison system and is released into public, and it helps that despite his actions Gilmore does take full responsibility and utters the infamous line 'Let's do this'. Gilmore's story is more complex than a TV movie can show, or his legacy at least, as his call for death did help bring back the death penalty and as a result countless innocent people have been murdered by their own government there to 'protect' them and give them 'justice'. Overall an excellent film with intriguing writing and performances and quality photography from Francis.
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