License to Kill
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License to Kill is a 1984 television film directed by Jud Taylor. It stars James Farentino and Penny Fuller. It was released on DVD in 2008 by Echo Bridge Home Entertainment.


John and Judith Peterson s world is shattered when their daughter Lynne is killed by a drunk driver on the same day she graduates from high school and receives an award for safe driving. John becomes obsessed with seeing Tom Fiske, the arrogant businessman who caused the accident and who shows no remorse, punished for his crime. Fiske hires a crafty defense attorney who delays the trial repeatedly and succeeds in having his blood sample showing his inebriation suppressed as evidence. However dogged prosecutor Martin Sawyer prevails by entering into evidence Fiske s bar bill on the day of the accident showing his consumption of martinis as proof of his inebriation. Justice prevails when Fiske is sentenced to prison.


  • James Farentino as John Peterson
  • Penny Fuller as Judith Peterson
  • Don Murray as Tom Fiske
  • Millie Perkins as Mary Fiske
  • Ari Meyers as Amy Peterson
  • Kristen Vigard as Lynne Peterson
  • Denzel Washington as Martin Sawyer
  • George Martin as Steve

Home media

The film was released in Australia as a double feature DVD with Resting Place by Payless Entertainment.

Year 1984
ReleaseDate 1984-01-10
RuntimeMins 96
RuntimeStr 1h 36min
Plot A grieving family whose daughter was killed in a car crash with a drunken driver is outraged and frustrated as they encounter the inevitable bureaucratic delays in bringing the case to trial. Once in the courtroom, they are horror…
Directors Jud Taylor
Writers William A. Schwartz, Mike Robe
Stars James Farentino, Penny Fuller, Don Murray
Produced by Anne Hopkins,Dorothea G. Petrie,Marian Rees
Music by Laurence Rosenthal
Cinematography by Robert Jessup
Film Editing by Paul LaMastra
Casting By Mary Colquhoun
Art Direction by Jack Marty
Set Decoration by Okowita
Costume Design by Elizabeth McBride
Makeup Department Bonnie Clevering,Jimi White
Production Management Robert Huddleston
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director Anthony Brand,John M. Colwell
Art Department Mike Parsons,Floyd Smith
Sound Department Bruce Bell,Don Broughton,Bob Cornett,Robert Wald
Special Effects by Jack Bennett
Stunts Randy Fife
Camera and Electrical Department Jerry G. Callaway,Robert Driskell,Ron Ferguson,Bill Greenberg,Lynn Lockwood,Tony Poston
Casting Department Barbara Blanchette,Rody Kent
Costume and Wardrobe Department Janet Lucas Lawler
Editorial Department Steven Kemper
Location Management Jacki Phipps
Music Department Else Blangsted,Scott Grusin,Laurence Rosenthal
Script and Continuity Department Cate Hardman
Transportation Department Alvin L. Milliken Sr.
Additional Crew Michael Barefoot,Suzanne Dooley,Kate Forte,Terri Martin,Gene Miller,Maggie Netter,Chaim Plewinski
Genres Drama, Thriller
Companies D. Petrie Productions, Marian Rees Associates
Countries USA
Languages English
ContentRating Not Rated
ImDbRating 5.5
ImDbRatingVotes 949