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Execution of Justice

  • Crime/detective
  • Drama
  • 1999
  • Leon Ichaso
  • 98 mins
  • 15

Summary

Biographical crime drama starring Peter Coyote as Harvey Milk, the first openly gay city supervisor of San Francisco, who was assassinated along with the city's mayor George Moscone by fellow supervisor Dan White in November 1978. White's lawyers stated that eating junk food had left their client emotionally unstable, a legal argument that became known as the "Twinkie Defense".

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Anyone who's seen the Academy Award-winning documentary The Times of Harvey Milk and Sean Penn's Oscar-winning portrayal in Milk will not only know what a controversial impact he made on San Francisco after becoming its first openly gay supervisor in the mid-1970s, but will also be aware of the injustice that surrounded his murder. Based on the play by Emily Mann, this is an earnest attempt to expose the "Twinkie Defense" miscarriage that enabled Dan White to get away with an eight-year sentence by proving he acted not from malice when he murdered Milk but from the effects of a surfeit of junk food. It's necessarily verbose, but this TV movie is also played with conviction.

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Credits

Cast

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Dan WhiteTimothy Daly
Harvey MilkPeter Coyote
Sister Boom BoomKhalil Kain
Goldie JudgeTyne Daly
George MosconeStephen Young

Crew

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DirectorLeon Ichaso

Details

Languages
English
Guidance
Edited for language and violence.
Available on
video
Formats
Colour
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