Carl Panzram is sent to Leavenworth Prison for burglary. While there, he is brutally beaten by a guard. Neophyte guard Henry Lesser feels sympathy for Panzram, befriends him, and gets him to write his life story. Lesser learns that Panzram's past is much more violent than he thought, but also that he's capable of being a much better person than the rest of the prison staff believes - or so Lesser thinks.

  1. Tim Metcalfe

    Director, Screenplay

  2. James Long


  3. Thomas E. Gaddis


Top Billed Cast

  1. James Woods

    James Woods

    Carl Panzram

  2. Robert Sean Leonard

    Robert Sean Leonard

    Henry Lesser

  3. Cara Buono

    Cara Buono

    Esther Lesser

  4. Ellen Greene

    Ellen Greene

    Elizabeth Wyatt

  5. Robert John Burke

    Robert John Burke

    R.G. Greiser

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Killer: A Journal of Murder


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  • September 6, 1996


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Original Language English

Runtime 1h 31m

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