More than 25 years after Gary Gilmore's death by firing squad in Utah, his name lingers in some dark corner of America's collective consciousness. His was the first execution after a ten-year national moratorium on capitol punishment, and he made headlines by asserting his right and steadfast determination to die. Norman Mailer's The Executioner's Song
chronicled the end of Gilmore's misbegotten life and located the roots of his murderous rage in years of imprisonment. But Agnieszka Holland's adaptation of the engrossing memoir by journalist Mikal Gilmore, Gary's youngest brother, delves deeply into the haunted life of the Gilmore family and finds a chronicle ...