This movie is somewhat dated today (in 2012), having been released in 1974, but it is good all the less. It works through a series of flashbacks, reviewing the background to the story on the very day of execution. The movie was allegedly well researched but many people have called into question various events (especially quotes) shown in the movie. Martin Sheen puts in a good performance, as does Ned Beatty as the priest. The story behind the movie is unclear, which the movie deliberately leaves open and ambiguous, making it all the more thought provoking.