Right to Kill?

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Right to Kill?
Genre Crime
Screenplay by Joyce Eliason
Directed by John Erman
Starring Frederic Forrest
Christopher Collet
Karmin Murcelo[1]
Music by Paul Chihara
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Producer(s) Jack Clements
Elizabeth Monk Daley
Running time 100 min.
Production company(s) Wyre/Konigsberg Productions
Taper Media Enterprises
Distributor ABC
Original network ABC
Original release
  • May 22, 1985 (1985-05-22)

Right to Kill? is a 1985 American dramatic television film directed by John Erman and written by Joyce Eliason. It is based on a true story of two teens living in Wyoming, Richard Jahnke and Deborah Jahnke, who were charged for the killing of their psychotically abusive father, Richard Jahnke, Sr.

The made-for-TV movie was filmed at W.W. Samuell High School in Dallas, Texas in 1985 and aired nationally on May 22, 1985, on ABC.[3] The film's leading actors were Frederic Forrest (Oscar-nominated for The Rose in 1979) and Justine Bateman, who was nominated for an Emmy for playing the role of an emotionally and physically abused daughter in this movie.

The movie was a success but it was not released on video in the United States. Some of the acting cast were: Frederic Forrest, Christopher Collet, Karmin Murcelo, Justine Bateman, Ann Wedgeworth & J. T. Walsh.


  1. ^ "Right to Kill? Stars". Retrieved 14 May 2012. 
  2. ^ "Right to Kill? release date". Retrieved 14 May 2012. 
  3. ^ "Right to Kill? release date". Retrieved 14 May 2012.