Continuity mistake: Near the beginning of film, Peter Boyle's character opens a newspaper, and on the front page is a story about a death row inmate who is scheduled to die "tonight." However, he does not die "tonight," but rather the following night. On the evening of the day on which the erroneous newspaper headline appears, the prison guards gather at a local bar. The next day, the prisoner is taken to a special cell to await his execution, which occurs TWO nights after the newspaper headline said he was to be executed. (00:08:15)
Lawrence Musgrove is electrocuted as planned, despite Sonny Grotowski spoiling his long walk...prompting pa to publically beat him. Next morning Hank breaks into his offsprings bedroom to continue the beating only for Sonny to pull a gun on Hank. Sonny shoots himself in the chest when he finds out how much his dad despises him. Tyrell Musgrove a fellow gifted artist like his late father who's set on eating himself to death (from filling the void of his absent father) is instead run over and the hit and run driver is never caught. Hank puts his dad Buck in an old people's home for his behavior towards Leticia Musgrove who secretly discovers Hank was connect to her husband's execution. Despite this both stay together united by their grief and tragedy in their lives and the common loss of their sons.
Lawrence Musgrove: I've always believed that a portrait captures a person far better than a photograph. It truly takes a human being to really see a human being.
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