Synopsis: Lee Ray Oliver grew up from abused kid to sociopath, inevitably condemned to death, but wakes up in the morgue after the 'lethal' injection. Dr. Michael Copeland offers him a choice: the real killer drug or 'volunteering' as life-long test person for his pharmaceutic experiment, Anagress, meant to suppress violent tendencies but side-effects unknown. After vicious escape attempts, Lee Ray finally develops genuine remorse and tries to make-up with Gary Caputo, who Lee shot in the head, leaving him mentally a child. Brother Bill Caputo's hate for ruining both of their lives is however redoubled, with tragic consequences.
Director(s): Tim Hunter
Production: Millennium Media Services
  1 nomination.
104 min

Under power of the State,

I am hereby authorized to put you...

Lee Ray Oliver,

to death by lethal injection.

Is there anything

you'd like to say?

F*** you!

F*** every last one of you!

F*** you!

Cover that up, please.

Let's get the bag open.

Thank you.

- Where am I?

- You're in the County Morgue, Lee Ray.

I'm not dead.

The injections you got were all

saltwater except the anaesthetic.

- What the f*** is going on?

- You're getting an opportunity...

to be part of a medical

research project.

If you agree to participate

in the experiment...

I'll take you toe tag here put

it on that body over there.

He'll be cremated,

you'll go on with these gentlemen.

If you don't agree the doctor will

inject you with sodium pentathol...

and the execution will proceed

right now in this room.

What kind of experiment?

It's a behaviour

modifying drug trial.

- Who the f*** are you?

- I'm a neuropharmacologist.

I'm involved in the research

and development of new drugs.

- I like drugs!

- The drug we're going to give you...

is not a narcotic. It won't

give you narcotic sensations.

And there may be side effects.

Some severe, possibly fatal.

- You want me to be a guinea pig?

- No, you'll be a test subject.

You have 1 minute

to make your decision.

F*** you, Warden!


This is your last chance to do

something good in your life.

A chance to give something

back to society.

F*** society! What the f***

has society ever done for me?


Just wait!

Wherever we're going I hope it

smells better that it did in there.

Let's go.

You greedy f***!

So now you see how it goes.

Every time I say f***...

he does that!

Because you, Warden...

have a lot of f***ing nerve!

You thought you're gonna

get another one, didn't you?

But I said f***ing, not f***.

- Please, stop!

- Didn't I pay you well...

to let my men go after

Lee Ray in prison?

When Lee Ray offered him instead,

did I complain? No.

I didn't give a flying f***!

I found out the State was gonna

execute him. So I am satisfied.

But now you tell me that

Lee Ray is actually alive...

and that you will find

out where he is...

if I pay you?

I'm sorry,

I'll do it for free. It's fair!

You'll find him, and we'll kill him.

Third time's the charm, right?

Yes, Mr. Vertov. Third time's the...

Don't f*** up!

You'll start off by taking

one pill every six hours.

Wait a f***ing minute!

Wait a minute.

What's this pill gonna do?

My name is Dr. Copeland. I designed

the medication you'll be taking.

It's called Anagress. It works by

altering the brain's chemistry...

by suppressing your violent tendencies.

And with you aggression reduced...

you'll begin to experience feelings

of good will and compassion...

a sense of right and wrong,

even remorse over past mistakes.

- Good f***ing luck.

- This is the first time Anagress...

has been tried on humans. We don't

know what the side effects are.

Hopefully they're minor:

Dry mouth, dizziness, nausea...

but there is a chance they

could be more severe.

Like what?

Liver failure, brain seizures...

...a stroke...

- Whatever.

Years ago, they might have

given you a lobotomy...

carved out a piece of your brain

like a rotten part of an apple.

But today we're more civilized.

We do it biochemically.

I rather have a bottle in front

of me than a frontal lobotomy!

How long is your little

experiment gonna last?

It's never over.

You and the other 19 test subjects...

will be observed indefinitely.

That' one pill every six hours.

Open wide.

Let's go.

Open back up.

Smart man.

- Hey, Michael! How you doing?

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Todd Slavkin

Todd Slavkin is an American screenwriter and producer, most famous for working on the American television program Smallville. As of October 6, 2006 he has written or co-written 18 episodes of Smallville. more…

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