By Kent Larsen
HBO Film Looks at Gary Gilmore
NEW YORK, NEW YORK -- HBO premiered its new film "Shot in the Heart"
Sunday night, exploring the background and life of Gary Gilmore, the
first person executed after the death penalty was reinstated in the
1970s. The film is based on the book of the same name by Gary's
brother, Mikal Gilmore, and makes clear several Mormon connections.
Gilmore's mother, Bessie, is called a 'devout Mormon,' his victims
were Mormon, and his crimes and later death occurred in Utah.
Gilmore's life and death are also the subject of the better-known
Norman Mailer book and film, "The Executioner's Song." Tribune
reviewer Houston says the film "doesn't romanticize Gary, but it does
credit him with recognizing that he was better off without the world
and the world was better off without him."
An unsparing look at Gary Gilmore
Chicago Tribune 13Oct01 A2
By Noel Holston: Special to the Tribune