The Executioner's Song

Lawrence Schiller (director)
Norman Mailer (screenwriter, novel)
Tommy Lee Jones, Christine Lahti, Rosanna Arquette, Eli Wallach (starring)

Hollywood: Lawrence Schiller Productions, 1981. Feature Draft script (television equivalent of a Shooting script) for the 1982 television film, which originally aired November 28, 1982 on NBC.

Based on the 1979 Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Norman Mailer, who adapted his own book for the screen, about the final years in the life of convicted murderer Gary Gilmore, following his release from prison in Illinois and through to his re-incarceration in a Provo, Utah prison and eventual execution for having committed multiple murders in Utah. Nominated for five Emmy Awards, winning two, including Outstanding Lead Actor for Tommy Lee Jones.

A turning point in television movies, wherein Jones and Arquette play wholly unsympathetic characters without reservation. One of the finest films of the 1980s, on television or the silver screen.

Set in Utah and Oregon, shot on location in Utah.

Green titled wrapper, noted as FEATURE DRAFT on the front wrapper, dated AUGUST 1, 1981. Title page present, dated August 1, 1981, noted as Feature Draft. 152 leaves, with last page of text numbered 150. Xerographic duplication, rectos only. Pages Fine, wrapper Near Fine, bound with two gold brads.

Reyes, 155.

[Book #145825]