Doing Life (1986)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Biopic [feature], Docudrama, Prison Film  |   Release Date - Jan 1, 1986 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 100 min.  |   Countries - Canada, United States  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Hal Erickson

Sitcom star Tony Danza made his dramatic debut in the made-for-TV Truth or Die. Danza plays Jerry Rosenberg, real-life "jailhouse lawyer." A lifelong criminal, the Brooklyn-born Rosenberg utilized his knowledge of legal maneuvers to save himself from the electric chair. In 1971, Rosenberg became a worldwide celebrity when he attempted to mediate during the infamous Attica uprising. Filmed in Canada by the same producer-director team responsible for several of the best M*A*S*H episodes, Truth or Die was originally telecast September 23, 1986, under the title Doing Life.

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convict, death-row, electric-chair, law-student, life-changes, prison, education, execution, false-accusation, human-rights, imprisonment, innocence, lawyer, murder