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Shot in the Heart

    

'I have a story to tell. It is a story of murder told from inside the house where murder is born. It is the house where I grew up, a house that, in some ways, I have never been able to leave.'

--from the book 'Shot in the Heart',  
by Mikal Gilmore

 

...As Gary Gilmore.TV guide cover, Oct. 13-19, 2001.     "Shot in the Heart," is a TV movie based on journalist Mikal Gilmore's memoir of the same name about his brother Gary Gilmore, the murderer who campaigned for his own execution in 1977.

     Agnieszka Holland (``Europa, Europa'') will direct the telepic from a script by Frank Pugliese (``Homicide: Life on the Street''). Production Elias as Gary Gilmore began in Baltimore in early February.

     Giovanni Ribisi (``The Gift'') will star as Mikal Gilmore, with Elias Koteas (``The Thin Red Line'') to play Gary Gilmore. Eric Bogosian, Lee Tergesen (``Oz'') and Sam Shepard also have been cast.

     
     More on this movie is on the News page (March 2, 2001).

     Also, here's a TV Guide review.

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(From news page)

March 2, 2001:

HBO takes ``Heart'' with Gilmore tome

By Paula Bernstein NEW YORK (Variety) - HBO Films has greenlit "Shot in the Heart," a TV movie based on journalist Mikal Gilmore's memoir of the same name about his brother Gary Gilmore, the murderer who campaigned for his own execution in 1977.

Agnieszka Holland (``Europa, Europa'') will direct the telepic from a script by Frank Pugliese (``Homicide: Life on the Street''). Production begins in Baltimore in early February.

Giovanni Ribisi (``The Gift'') will star as Mikal Gilmore, with Elias Koteas (``The Thin Red Line'') to play Gary Gilmore. Eric Bogosian, Lee Tergesen (``Oz'') and Sam Shepard also have been cast.

Told through the perspective of Mikal Gilmore, ``Shot'' is the story of a wildly dysfunctional family destroyed by a multigenerational history of child abuse, alcoholism, crime, adultery and murder. It will chronicle the final days of Gary Gilmore, who, after being convicted of murder, petitioned to be shot by a Utah firing squad, becoming the first person to be executed since the U.S. Supreme Court (news - web sites) lifted a national death penalty ban in 1976.

Gary Gilmore was the subject of Norman Mailer's tome ``The Executioner's Song,'' which became a 1982 NBC miniseries starring Tommy Lee Jones.

``Shot in the Heart'' had lingered in development since 1992, when it was first optioned for Warner Bros. by the late director Alan Pakula in the form of a book proposal. When Pakula's option lapsed, director-producer Robert Greenwald bought the rights to the project and brought it to HBO. According to HBO, Greenwald is no longer associated with the project ``due to creative differences.''

Mikal Gilmore is a contributing editor at Rolling Stone magazine where he has written for many years.

Reuters/Variety REUTERS

 



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