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Dead Man Walking (1995)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  2 February 1996 (USA)
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A nun, while comforting a convicted killer on death row, empathizes with both the killer and his victim's families.

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Storyline

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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Crime | Drama

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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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Because Peter Sarsgaard and Missy Yager's brutal rape scene was filmed in the mud, every time they did a new take they had to get up, get showered, get dressed, put new makeup on and do it again. It took all night to film. See more »

Goofs

The chemicals used in lethal injections in Louisiana are administered manually, not by a machine as in the movie. See more »

Quotes

Matthew Poncelet: I like rebels. Some blacks is ok. Martin Luther King, he led his people all the way to DC and kicked the white man's butt.
Sister Helen Prejean: You respect Martin Luther King?
Matthew Poncelet: He put up a fight. He wasn't lazy.
Sister Helen Prejean: What about lazy whites?
Matthew Poncelet: Don't like 'em.
Sister Helen Prejean: So it's lazy people you don't like?
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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 »

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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Devil Doll (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

I Will Not Be Sad in This World
Armenian Traditional
Arranged by David Robbins
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The Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn Show
26 June 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Dead Man Walking" deals with one nun's struggle (Susan Sarandon in her Oscar-winning part) to help a convicted death row inmate (Sean Penn in an Oscar-nominated role) come to terms with his imminent execution. Writer-director Tim Robbins does something very difficult in this film, he makes us care about the unsympathetic character that Penn plays. Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn dominate the film in every aspect imaginable, they play a complicated chess match at times and eventually become close friends by the end of the picture. The fact that Sarandon and Robbins are openly against the death penalty in real life just adds to this film. Their strong opinion on the subject leads to an unforgettable motion picture that is made well and performed well by the two leads. 4.5 out of 5 stars.


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