Somebody Has to Shoot the Picture
Written byDoug Magee
Directed byFrank Pierson
StarringRoy Scheider
Bonnie Bedelia
Robert Carradine
Theme music composerJames Newton Howard
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Executive producerWilliam Sackheim
ProducersAlan Barnette
Oscar L. Costo (co-producer)
Mychelle Deschamps (associate producer)
Production locationsMount Dora, Florida
Orlando, Florida
New York City
CinematographyBojan Bazelli
EditorPeter Zinner
Running time104 minutes
Production companiesHBO Pictures
Alan Barnette Productions
MCA Television Entertainment
DistributorNBC Universal Television Distribution
Original networkHBO
Picture formatColor
Audio formatMono
Original releaseSeptember 9, 1990 (1990-09-09)

Somebody Has to Shoot the Picture is a 1990 American made-for-television prison drama film written by photojournalist Doug Magee, inspired by his interviews with and photos of death row prisoners.[1] The film was directed by Frank Pierson.[2]


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  1. ^ Loynd, Ray (September 8, 1990). "TV Reviews : 'Shoot the Picture' Graphic on Death Row". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 30, 2020.
  2. ^ Sauter, Michael (May 10, 1991). "Somebody Has to Shoot the Picture". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved April 30, 2020.