Directed by Lawrence Schiller
135 min | 1982 | USA
*Post-film panel with Lawrence Schiller, director; Vern Anderson, former editor at the Salt Lake Tribune; Bill Beecham, former Bureau Chief of the Associated Press in Salt Lake City; Tamera Smith Allred, former reporter at the Deseret News; and Robert Moody, attorney.
Academy Award-winner Tommy Lee Jones took home an Emmy for his role in this made-for-television movie, adapted from the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Norman Mailer. Based on a true story, this compelling drama follows Gary Gilmore, a criminal on death row who became the first prisoner executed in the United States after the government’s death penalty reinstatement in 1976.
Presented in partnership with the Norman Mailer Center and the Salt Lake City Public Library.