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Michael Freeman

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199272235

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199272235.001.0001

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Reel Violence: Popular Culture and Concerns about Capital Punishment in Contemporary American Society

Reel Violence: Popular Culture and Concerns about Capital Punishment in Contemporary American Society

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(p.358) Reel Violence: Popular Culture and Concerns about Capital Punishment in Contemporary American Society
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Law and Popular Culture
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Roberta M Harding

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199272235.003.0021

This chapter examines how popular culture might have contributed towards the shift in the public's attitude towards death penalty sentencing and execution patterns in the United States. It analyses the films Dead Man Walking and The Green Mile and explains some of the capital punishment issues to which the viewers are exposed. It suggests that both films instruct their respective audiences about fairness and the death penalty, an issue that strikes a chord with most people.

Keywords:   death penalty, execution patterns, motion pictures, popular culture, Dead Man Walking, The Green Mile

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