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Execution of Justice (1999)

The story of an assassin who killed a mayor in the 1970's in what was known as the "Twinkie Defense".

Director:

Leon Ichaso

Writers:

Emily Mann (play), Michael Butler (teleplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tim Daly ... Dan White
Peter Coyote ... Harvey Milk
Khalil Kain ... Sister Boom Boom
Tyne Daly ... Goldie Judge
Stephen Young ... George Moscone
Frank Pellegrino ... Frank Falzon
Amy Van Nostrand ... Mary Ann White
Lisa Rhoden Lisa Rhoden ... Denise Apcar
Trulie MacLeod Trulie MacLeod ... Eileen White
Shannon Hile ... Dianne Feinstein
Paul Miller Paul Miller ... Ray Sloan
Richard Fitzpatrick ... Tom Norman
Jonathan Higgins ... Doug Schmidt
Mark Camacho ... Coombs
Rodger Barton Rodger Barton ... Reilly
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Storyline

The true story of the assassination of San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and City Supervisor Harvey Milk on November 27, 1978. The case of assassin Dan White has become known as the "Twinkie defense" after his sentence was reduced from first-degree murder to voluntary manslaughter. White served five years in prison and committed suicide in 1985. This film is based on 'Emily Mann''s play. Written by <coymoon@petercoyote.com>

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Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some violence | See all certifications »
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Goofs

Harvey Milk is shown on election night wearing a white t-shirt and jeans. Milk always wore a suit while campaigning, including on election night. See more »

Quotes

Harvey Milk: If a bullet should enter my brain, let it destroy every closet door in America.
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Despite some missteps, a good dramatization of a riveting, sad chapter in history...
19 October 2007 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Tim Daly is surprisingly adept at playing tortured, ruined ex-City Supervisor Dan White who, in November 1978, shot and killed San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and fellow supervisor Harvey Milk in their offices. Daly, who also executive produced for Showtime, is careful not to build an apologia for White; instead, he allows us to see the pressures which erupted and quickly boiled over in White's conflicted life, with money woes hindering him, real or imagined betrayals haunting him, and the fear of failure chipping away at his hard-working-American exterior. I didn't care for the roller-skating voice of Gay Truth who makes several appearances, and the courtroom scenes are a bit lax, but the film's docu-drama approach is absorbing and commendable, and the teleplay fills in a lot of gaps surrounding this case which are not otherwise well-known.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 November 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ejecución de la justicia See more »

Filming Locations:

San Francisco, California, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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