Representing 'the Killing State': The Death Penalty in Nineties Hollywood Cinema

Posted: 13 Dec 2005

Abstract

This article explores the ways in which the issue of capital punishment was raised in nineties Hollywood cinema. It is argued that the death penalty cycle of the mid- to late-1990s represented a conscious attempt by film makers to diffuse an anti-capital punishment sentiment through popular culture.Consideration of the effects of this cycle of films should be included in any assessment of the reasons for the waning of public support for capital punishment in America at the turn of the century.

Keywords: capital punishment, Hollywood cinema

Suggested Citation

O'Sullivan, Sean, Representing 'the Killing State': The Death Penalty in Nineties Hollywood Cinema. Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, Vol. 42, No. 5, pp. 485-503, 2003. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=869529

Sean O'Sullivan (Contact Author)

University of Central England ( email )

School of Social Sciences
City North Campus
Birmingham, West Midlands B42 2SU
United Kingdom

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