Killer: A Journal of Murder

Killer: A Journal of Murder

Director: Tim Metcalfe Cast: James Woods, Robert Sean Leonard, Ellen Greene

VHS (Wide Screen)


Based on a true story, this psychological study concerns Henry Lesser (Robert Sean Leonard), a prison guard who witnesses the brutal beating of an inmate, Carl Panzram (James Woods), who attempted to escape. Lesser tries to befriend the convict, whom he senses has an intelligence that has gone unrecognized by his jailers; he gives Panzram a notebook and pencils and encourages him to keep a journal. Panzram responds by writing the story of his life of crime -- a shocking litany of violence and brutality in which he takes credit for 21 murders, numerous armed robberies, several acts of arson, and over 1,000 homosexual rapes. Lesser has a difficult time reconciling the intelligent, articulate man he sees in his cell every day with the monster documented in his writings (though as far as anyone can tell, his claims are entirely accurate). Lesser believes that there's a humanity in Panzram that can be brought out, and that he can be redeemed and perhaps rehabilitated. Panzram, however, doesn't seem so convinced; his violent behavior continues behind bars, and attempts by opponents of the death penalty to prevent his execution only inspire his scorn -- as he sees it, society made him a killer, and it's society's responsibility to stop him once and for all. Killer: A Journal of Murder was the first directorial project for screenwriter Tim Metcalfe.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/23/1997
UPC: 0017153739336
Original Release: 1995
Rating: R
Source: Republic Pictures
Presentation: [Wide Screen]

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Woods Carl Panzram
Robert Sean Leonard Henry Lesser
Ellen Greene Elizabeth Wyatt
Cara Buono Esther Lesser
Robert John Burke R.G. Grieser
Steve Forrest Warden,Charles
John Bedford Lloyd Karl Menninger
Lili Taylor Sally
Richard Council Cop

Technical Credits
Tim Metcalfe Director,Screenwriter
Richard Gentner Editor
Melinda Jason Executive Producer
Ken Kelsch Cinematographer
Mark Levinson Producer
George Linardos Associate Producer
Amanda Mackey-Johnson Casting
Lisa Moiselle Associate Producer
Kathryn Morrison Costumes/Costume Designer
Oliver Stone Executive Producer
Graeme Revell Score Composer
Harvey Rosenstock Editor
Cathy Sandrich Casting
Susumu Tokunow Sound/Sound Designer
John E. Vohlers Asst. Director
Jeff Wallace Art Director
Sherman Williams Production Designer
Janet Yang Producer

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews