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Dead Man Walking (1995)

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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Sister Helen Prejean
... Matthew Poncelet
... Hilton Barber
... Earl Delacroix
... Clyde Percy
... Mary Beth Percy
... Helen's Mother
... Chaplain Farley
... Lucille Poncelet
... Sister Colleen
... Captain Beliveau
... Sgt. Neal Trapp
... Warden Hartman
Ray Aranha ... Luis Montoya
... Guy Gilardi
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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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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2 February 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La dernière marche  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$118,266, 29 December 1995, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$39,387,284

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$83,088,295
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Tim Robbins: [family] Cast includes director's common law wife Susan Sarandon, common law stepdaughter Eva Amurri Martino, father Gil Robbins (Bishop Norwich), mother Mary Robbins (aide to the governor), sister Adele Robbins (nurse), and son Jack Henry Robbins (opossum kid) and Miles Robbins (boy in church). His brother, David Robbins, composed the soundtrack. See more »

Goofs

As a nun, Sister Helen has her ring on her right hand instead of her left, as it should be for a married woman. See more »

Quotes

Matthew Poncelet: I was just fucking chicken.
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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

Referenced in Psych: Dead Bear Walking (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

A Cool Wind Is Blowing
Armenian Traditional
Arranged by David Robbins
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it's the deepest movie you can ever seen
11 February 2000 | by See all my reviews

it was very sensitive very deep. It's my favorite all the time you can't see movie more deeper than this incredible movie. susan sarandon made her role as matured mind actress, and she realized her role. She deserved the award. She convinced me with for being a nun. The music was very impressive and sensitive. Really i liked this deep masterpiece.


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