"I do NOT wanna die! And if I do, I wanna do it on my own terms!"
- Cindy Liggett (SHARON STONE)
"I can't change that, I can only change myself."
- Cindy Liggett (SHARON STONE), referring to the crime she committed.
Sight and Sound - 10/01/1996
"...Plenty of delectable moments....Sharon Stone performs flashily..."
Variety - 04/29/1996
"...Quaid is flavorful....[The film] has an authentic feel..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 05/03/1996
"...It makes a good showcase for Stone....She does a good job of disappearing into the role..."
Director Bruce Beresford's LAST DANCE stars Sharon Stone as Cindy Liggett, a lower-class Southern woman who has spent the previous 12 years on death row for killing two of her teenaged classmates. Her legal appeals seem to have run their course, and the judge who is charged with reviewing her case has never pardoned a murderer. However, Rick Hayes (Rob Morrow), the lawyer appointed by the clemency board, begins to examine the records of her original trial and believes there's evidence for a stay of execution. The prospect of spending her remaining years in prison does not appeal to the disillusioned Cindy, though, and she's indifferent to Hayes and resigned to her death. Hayes, motivated both by a personal interest in Liggett, as well as a desire to prove himself to his contemptuous, politically connected brother (Peter Gallagher), refuses to accept her passivity and gradually persuades her to fight for her life.
A woman on death row for a double murder she committed 12 years earlier finds hope against all odds when a low-level bureaucrat assigned to review her case becomes convinced she shouldn't die for her crime. Despite political pressure to allow the much-delayed execution, the young attorney fights for a commuted sentence, developing a touching bond with the resigned inmate.
Law / Lawyers |
Prison / Prisoners |
Theatrical Release |
Women In Prison
Theatrical release: May 3, 1996.
Shot in Nashville, Tennessee; Ridgeland, South Carolina; and Uttar Pradesh, India.
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