The Executioner's Song Poster

Release Date: 1982

Not Yet Rated|2 hr 37 min

Plot Summary
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: Tommy Lee Jones, Rosanna Arquette, Eli Wallach, Christine Lahti, Jordan Clark, Steven Keats, Richard Venture, Michael LeClair

Director: Lawrence Schiller

Genres: Docudrama

Keywords: Fall, 1970s, Love, Prison


Nominated Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
Winner Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special