A nun, while comforting a convicted killer on death row, empathizes with both the killer and his victim's families.

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A convicted murderer on Death Row and the nun who befriends him. Through the portrayal of finely drawn characters and their interactions as the days, hours, and minutes tick down to the condemned man's execution, powerful emotions are unleashed. While Matthew Poncelet and Sister Prejean desperately try to gain a stay of execution from the governor or the courts, scenes are intercut from the brutal crime, gradually revealing the truth about the events that transpired. In addition to her temporal help, the nun also tries to reach out spiritually and assist as a guide to salvation. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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Rated R for a depiction of a rape and murder | See all certifications »

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$11,000,000 (estimated)

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£2,000,433 (UK) (19 April 1996)
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Trivia

This is one of several movies where Susan Sarandon's character as a child is played by her daughter Eva Amurri Martino. See more »

Goofs

When Sister Helen is being pulled over for speeding, the camera shows the view through the rear view mirror. In this shot, the cop car behind her is driving on a straight road with a dashed center line. The next shot show's both cars on a curved portion of the road with a solid/dashed (passing) center line. See more »

Quotes

Sister Helen Prejean: You are a son of God.
Matthew Poncelet: [in tears] Thank you. I've never been called a son of God before.
[laughs slightly]
Matthew Poncelet: I've been called a son of a you-know-what plenty of times, but I've never been called a son of God.
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Crazy Credits

This Film Was Edited On Old Fashioned Machines. This credit was inspired by John Ottman, editor of 'The Usual Suspects'. Ottman had wanted to put "edited on a piece of s*** Steenbeck" at the end of his movie, but settled for the more subtle "Edited on film". Tim Robbins heard about this, and decided to put his own variation of the line on the credits of 'Dead Man Walking.' See more »

Connections

Featured in The 68th Annual Academy Awards (1996) See more »

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Dead Man Walkin'
Performed & Written by Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen courtesy of Columbia Records
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one of the most important movies ever made
8 March 1999 | by See all my reviews

How do you know if a movie is good or not? It is the impact it has on you that makes the difference. "Dead Man Walking" upset me a great deal. I watched it twice. I don't know if I will be strong enough to watch it again. No, I did not feel good at all after watching it, but the film was as successful as it can be.

Robbins did a great job in incorporating all aspects of this controversial topic. He avoided making an argument that could easily be seen as biased or subjective. I hope that many people get to see "Dead Man Walking". I believe that anyone who supports or opposes the death penalty so enthusiastically should see the movie.

I don't know what else it could take to finally convince everyone that this relic from ancient times does not have a place in modern society anymore.

The movie itself does not make an argument for or against death penalty. It describes reality. The reality is the best argument against the death penalty.

A 10/10 for great performances, good filmmaking, and for the most important film made in years

Thank you, Tim Robbins!


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