Last Dance

Synopsis: Upon taking a new job, young lawyer Rick Hayes is assigned to the clemency case of Cindy Liggett, a woman convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to death. As Hayes investigates the background for her case, the two begin to form a deep friendship, while all the while the date for her execution draws nearer.
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Director(s): Bruce Beresford
Production: Touchstone Pictures
  1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
103 min

# With no warmth inside

we surely will shiver

# So we sleep

We sleep so satisfied

# Lay down, lay down, lay down

Down and feed

# Lay down, lay down, lay down

Down and feed

# Lay down, lay down, lay down

# And feed the fire

# Lay down, lay down, lay down

Down and feed

# Think I'm lost

with all your promises

# Think I act strange

when you talk to me

Oh, that's gonna kill you.

...represent concepts.

Now, what you're...

I'm sorry. Could you tell me where

the chief of staff's office is, please?

- Sure. Up the stairs and to your left.

- Up the stairs. Thanks.

The one nearest the front door

at the crossing represents justice.

- Hi.

- Hi.

- I'm Rick Hayes.

- I'm here to see John Hayes.

- Oh, you're John's brother.

Yeah, among other things.

- Louise, John's brother is here.

- Okay.

- He's right here in the conference room.

- Great.

We should take each case

on its merits.

Now, we have restricted

out-of-state travel...

and we've delayed the purchase

of new state vehicles.

It doesn't sound like enough.

We have to trim ten million...

from department spending over

the next fiscal year. John?

I've requested the department trim

five percent across the board,

except for education.

Okay. But we're gonna have to

find some additional measures.

Cutbacks? With an election

next year, it might...

You want the tooth fairy to come,

you're gonna have to put some teeth

under the pillow.

Agreed. With what we've done,

we're now in a position to take stock...

make our judgments regarding

the staffing and expenditures...

and we will take a long, hard,

critical look at all...

I'm just trying to figure out what kind of

idiot shows up his first day of work...

late and stinking of wine.

I guess now you know.

You wanna try to explain

your resume?

- What do you mean?

- Well, you went to law school.

Did pretty well.

Worked for Hayes Development for

three years. Working for your old man?

- On and off.

- Mmm.

And then there's this gaping hole.

What have you been doing with

yourself for the last two years?

Well, my father passed away. Maybe you

know. I helped settle his affairs.

And after that?

Um, well, after that I, uh, I did

some travelling and I, I just

tried some different things.

Partied for two years.

Well, call it what you want.

Okay. What do you want to do?

- What do I wanna do?

- Hell, it's your call.

Your brother's

the governor's chief of staff.

Well, um...

Well, while you think about it, I'll get you

a desk and a subscription to Playboy.

Of course, if you're interested in actually

working, I'm up to my butt here.

Yeah, I'd like to give it a try.

You know anything about this office?

You know what clemency is?

Yeah, it's the power to pardon

people, commute sentences.

- Whose power?

- I believe, the governor's.

In this state, his sole power.

He makes the final decision.

The Clemency Office makes

recommendations, but we're not here

to retry the case.

This is about mercy.

Has the prisoner rehabilitated himself?

Will solid citizens

speak out on his behalf?

Does his own mother

have anything good to say?

- Will I get some kind of training for this?

- Yeah, by doing it.

Well, this is it...

124 pending cases.

Everything from tax fraud

to murder.

Wow. How do you keep on top

of all of it?

You don't. You prioritize.

I've got death warrants

coming down any day.

Obviously they come first.

Every time a death warrant is issued or

reissued, we have to make a new report.

- You know anything about John Reese?

- Uh, yeah, John Reese.

That's the cop killer who pleaded

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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