A mystery with more than whodunit on its mind, Somebody Has to Shoot the Picture, a made-for-cable movie has the kind of substance — and understated style — that not even big screen movies bother with much anymore. It helped to have veteran screenwriter Frank Pierson (Presumed Innocent) directing. Still, the movie’s main asset is its case: Roy Scheider plays a burnt-out photographer who is sent to cover a convicted cop-killer’s execution — and who ends up racing against time to prove the man was framed. Bonnie Bedelia, as the murdered cop’s widow, and Robert Carradine, as his partner, lend their usual class. But it is Arliss Howard who provides the soul, as a condemned man trying to come to grips with his imminent mortality. Shoot the Picture is being hyped on video-store posters as a thriller, but with its haunting images of life on death row and its quiet compassion for all the characters, it is far more satisfying as a serious drama. B+
Somebody Has to Shoot the Picture A mystery with more than whodunit on its mind, Somebody Has to Shoot the Picture, a made-for-cable movie has the kind of substance &...Somebody Has to Shoot the PictureMystery and ThrillerDoug MageeR A mystery with more than whodunit on its mind, Somebody Has to Shoot the Picture, a made-for-cable movie has the kind of substance &...1991-05-10Andre BraugherArliss HowardAndre Braugher, Arliss HowardMCA/Universal Home Video
Genre: Mystery and Thriller; Starring: Bonnie Bedelia, Roy Scheider, Andre Braugher, Arliss Howard; Director: Frank Pierson; Author: Doug Magee; MPAA Rating: R; Distributor: MCA/Universal Home Video
Posted May 10 1991 — 12:00 AM EDT
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