Shot in the Heart
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This gripping drama is based on the real-life story of Mikal Gilmore, a respected journalist whose brother Gary Gilmore was a felon convicted of murder. In 1977, after he was sentenced to death, Gary Gilmore generated international controversy when he demanded that his lawyers call off all attempts to appeal his sentence and requested that his execution be carried out as quickly as possible. As activists for and against the issue of capital punishment debated Gilmore's demand, his brothers Frank and Mikal stepped forward to request a stay of execution, in hopes of forestalling their… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Explores an oft-exploited case with exquisite understanding and care."
‑ John Anderson, Newsday
"A bleak, haunting movie."
‑ Julie Salamon, New York Times
"Delves deeply into the haunted life of the Gilmore family and finds a chronicle of death foretold."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Puts Gary Gilmore's tragic life into perspective, helping explain why it went so far amiss."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"Energetically directed from Frank Pugliese's deft script by Agnieszka Holland."
‑ J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"Only a writer as talented as Mikal Gilmore could tell a story that punches you in the gut about every five seconds and yet leaves you hoping for more."
‑ Tim Goodman, San Francisco Chronicle
"Quite a morbid picture, but the performances save it"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
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