Licensed to Kill

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Release Date: April 02, 1997Running Time: 80 mins.
Genre: Documentary

Donald Aldrich
Jeff Burley
Raymond Childs
William Cross

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An inquiry into violence targeted at gay men and the social fabric that allows it to continue. Focusing primarily on several convicted murderers, the examination targets how their attitudes toward gay men lead them to violence. Their testimonies uncover a disturbing and complex range of motivations and circumstances. Some, sodomized as children, felt they were acting out a revenge fantasy, a personal vendetta. Others were unable to handle their conflicted feelings about being homosexual themselves. Through probing interviews, these convicted men expose and confront these paradoxes and reveal how self-hatred births a powerful urge to destroy.