DEATH PENALTY (TV) (1980 USA)
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Directed by Waris Hussein
Starring: Colleen Dewhurst, Dana Elcar, Joe Morton
Genres: Crime, Drama
98 minutes | Full Screen | Color | English
Colleen Dewhurst stars as psychologist Elaine Lipton in the made-for-TV Death Penalty. A strong opponent of the eponymous punishment, Dr. Lipton struggles valiantly to rehabilitate street gang member Carlos Rivera (David Labiosa). Convicted of murdering two rival gang members, Carlos faces the gas chamber unless Lipton can prove that he's cleaned up his act. This fictional drama would make an interesting double feature with the fact-based Dead Man Walking (1996). Death Penalty originally aired January 22, 1980.