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Dead Man Walking ()


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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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Sister Helen Prejean
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Matthew Poncelet
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Hilton Barber
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Earl Delacroix
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Clyde Percy
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Mary Beth Percy
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Helen's Mother
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Chaplain Farley
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Lucille Poncelet
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Sister Colleen
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Captain Beliveau
Steve Boles ...
Sgt. Neal Trapp
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Warden Hartman
Ray Aranha ...
Luis Montoya
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Guy Gilardi
Gil Robbins ...
Bishop Norwich
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Governor Benedict
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State Trooper
Adele Robbins ...
Nurse
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Carl Vitello
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Walter Delacroix
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Hope Percy
Jenny Krochmal ...
Emily Percy
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Craig Poncelet
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Sonny Poncelet
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Troy Poncelet
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Helen's Brother
Helen Hester ...
Helen's Sister
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9-Year-Old Helen (as Eva Amurri)
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Opossum Kid #1
Gary 'Buddy' Boe ...
Opossum Kid #2
Amy Long ...
Opossum Kid #3
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Henry (as Dennis F. Neal)
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Nellie
Pamela Garmon ...
Mirabeau
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Reporter
John D. Wilmot ...
Supporter
Margaret Lane ...
Reporter #1
Sally Ann Roberts ...
Reporter #2
Alec Gifford ...
Reporter #3
John Hurlbutt ...
Reporter #4
Mike Longman ...
News Anchor
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Parent #1
Joan Glover ...
Parent #2
Florrie Hathorn ...
Parent #3
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Parent #4
Idella Cassamier ...
Idella
Marlon Horton ...
Herbie
Kenitra Singleton ...
Kenitra
Palmer Jackson ...
Palmer
Johnathan Thomas ...
Johnathan
Walter Breaux Jr. ...
Guard #1
Scott Sowers ...
Guard #2
Cortez Nance Jr. ...
Guard #3
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Guard #4
Dalvin Ford ...
Guard #5
Derek Steeley ...
Guard #6
Jeremy Knaster ...
Guard #7
Mary Robbins ...
Aide to Governor Benedict
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Boy in Church
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Parole Board Member (uncredited)
Joanna Doherty ...
Nun (uncredited)
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Trustee (uncredited)
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ER Doctor (uncredited)
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La. Senator (uncredited)
Wilbur Pauley ...
Singer (uncredited)
Helen Prejean ...
Woman at Vigil (uncredited)
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Cop (uncredited)

Directed by

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Tim Robbins

Written by

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Helen Prejean ... (book "Dead Man Walking") (as Sister Helen Prejean C.S.J.)
 
Tim Robbins ... (written by)

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Tim Bevan ... executive producer
Eric Fellner ... executive producer
Jon Kilik ... producer
Allan F. Nicholls ... associate producer (as Allan Nicholls)
Tim Robbins ... producer
Mark Seldis ... associate producer
Rudd Simmons ... producer
R.A. White ... associate producer (as Bob White)

Music by

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David Robbins

Cinematography by

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Roger Deakins ... director of photography (as Roger A. Deakins)

Film Editing by

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Lisa Zeno Churgin
Ray Hubley

Editorial Department

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Julie Daggett ... editing production assistant: New Orleans
Barry Gastelu ... post-production intern
Agnes Grandits ... second assistant editor (as Agnès Challe-Grandits)
Allison R. Hebble ... post-production assistant: Tim Robbins
Kristen M. Johnson ... assistant editor (as Kristen Johnson)
Clare Larson ... first assistant editor
Chris Lechler ... apprentice editor: New Orleans
Sandra Nash ... apprentice editor
James Nichols Jr. ... apprentice editor
Eddie Nichols ... apprentice editor
Anne O'Brien ... apprentice editor
Angela Organ ... apprentice editor
Tom Salvatore ... color timer
Shawna Starkman ... assistant editor
Chris Talbott ... post-production assistant
Michael J. Wechsler ... apprentice editor
Mary Wigmore ... post-production assistant
Sara Corrigan ... apprentice editor (uncredited)

Casting By

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Douglas Aibel

Production Design by

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Richard Hoover

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Tom Warren

Costume Design by

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Renee Ehrlich Kalfus ... (as Renée Ehrlich Kalfus)

Makeup Department

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Ma Kalaadevi Ananda ... makeup designer: Ms. Sarandon (as Marilyn Carbone)
Michal Bigger ... key makeup artist
Allison Gordin ... assistant makeup artist: New Orleans
Michael Kriston ... hair stylist: Mr. Penn
Aaron F. Quarles ... key hair stylist
Lizz Scalice ... additional hair stylist: New York
Donna Spahn ... assistant hair stylist: New Orleans
Stacy Kelly ... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)

Production Management

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Nancy Kriegel ... production supervisor
Rudd Simmons ... unit production manager
Graham Stumpf ... post-production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Sam Hoffman ... second assistant director
Patrick Mangan ... DGA trainee: New York
Allan F. Nicholls ... first assistant director (as Allan Nicholls)
Ann C. Salzer ... second second assistant director: New Orleans

Art Department

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Christie Alexander ... art department coordinator: New Orleans
Lawrence Amanuel ... set dresser: New York (as Larry Amanuel)
Lucian Baran ... scenic artist: New York
Martin Bernstein ... construction coordinator: New York
Jack Blanchard ... set dresser: New Orleans
Michael Curry Sr. ... construction foreman: New York
Lauren Doner ... scenic artist
Glen Engels ... construction grip: New York
Ralph Fratianni ... construction grip: New York
Laurie Friedman ... set decorator: New York
Charles H. Furey ... shop craftsman: New York (as Charles Furey)
Harvey Goldberg ... set dresser: New York
Kenneth Hardy ... art director: New Orleans
John Herbert ... scenic artist: New Orleans
Eugene J. Hines ... shop craftsman: New York
Coril Joseph ... property assistant: New Orleans
Richard S. Kamin ... shop craftsman: New York
Henry Kaplan ... set dresser: New York
Brian Kasch ... set decorator: New Orleans (as Brian S. Kasch)
Phillis Lehmer ... art department coordinator: New York
E.J. Levron Jr. ... set dresser: New Orleans
Mark Mann ... shop craftsman
Michael S. Martin ... on-set dresser: New Orleans (as Michael Martin)
Malcolm McClay ... scenic artist: New Orleans
Patrick McGuire ... lead man: New Orleans
Eric M. Metzger ... set dresser
Timothy Metzger ... lead man: New York
Morgan Miller ... set dressing production assistant: New Orleans
Arne Olsen ... key construction grip: New York
Nick Rippon ... construction coordinator: New Orleans
Chinyere Ryan ... scenic shop coordinator: New York
Joanne Schmidt ... assistant set decorator: New Orleans
James Sorice ... lead scenic: New York
Larry Spurlock ... lead scenic: New Orleans
Shawna Starkman ... art department production assistant: New Orleans
David Stein ... assistant art director: New York
Chuck Stringer ... lead carpenter: New Orleans (as George 'Chuck' Stringer III)
Margot Therre ... scenic artist: New York
Kevin A. Tonkin ... construction grip: New York
Mary Wigmore ... art department production assistant: New York
Greg Williams ... scenic artist: New York
John S. Wright ... carpenter: New Orleans
Thomas Wright ... property master (as Tom Wright)
Travis Wright ... assistant property master
Jacqueline Arnot ... set dresser (uncredited)
Patrick K. Coppinger ... painter (uncredited)
Michael Hendrick ... set dresser (uncredited)
Brick Mason ... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Scott P. Murphy ... assistant art director (uncredited)
Chuck Stringer ... construction foreman (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Gary Chester ... sound mixing engineer / sound recording engineer
Anthony J. Ciccolini III ... dialogue editor (as Anthony 'Chic' Ciccolini III)
Rick Dior ... re-recording mixer
Scott Dior ... sound recordist
Bradford L. Hohle ... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Joel Holland ... sound recordist
George A. Lara ... foley mixer (as George Lara)
Hal Levinsohn ... adr editor
Tod A. Maitland ... sound mixer
James Murray ... second assistant sound recording engineer (as Jim Murray)
Yvette Nabel ... assistant sound editor
T.J. O'Mara ... boom operator
Bob Olari ... sound recordist
Daniel Pagan ... apprentice sound editor
Harry Peck Bolles ... dialogue editor
Charleen Richards ... adr mixer: Los Angeles
Dan Sable ... supervising sound editor
Lynn Sable ... sound editor
Brian Vancho ... foley walker (as Bryan Vancho)
Yvonne Yedibalian ... assistant sound recording engineer
Paul J. Zydel ... adr mixer: New York (as Paul Zydel)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Greg Addison ... electrician: New York
Tony Arnaud ... grip: New York
Robin Brown ... camera operator
Sal Camacho ... second assistant camera: New Orleans
Brian Carmichael ... video playback operator
Buddy Carr ... grip: New Orleans
Cougar Easley ... electrician: New Orleans
Kris Enos ... camera trainee: New York
Richie Ford ... rigging gaffer: New York
Adam Gilmore ... second assistant camera
Jonathan Graham ... rigging grip: New York
Joseph Grimaldi ... electrician: New York (as Joe Grimaldi)
Bruce Hamme ... dolly grip
Andy Harris ... first assistant camera
Jeremy Knaster ... second electric
Mitchell Andrew Lillian ... key grip (as Mitch Lillian)
Charlie Marroquin ... best boy grip (as Charles Marroquin)
Gary Martone ... grip: New York
Bill McCord ... grip (as Dollar Bill McCord)
Erskin Mitchell ... electrician: New Orleans
Monique Mitchell ... grip: New York
William Moore ... best boy electric
Bill O'Leary ... gaffer
Chris Robertson ... grip: New Orleans
Lance Shepherd ... electrician: New York (as Lance A. Shepherd)
Michael L. Smith ... electrician: New Orleans (as Mike Smith)
Demmie Todd ... still photographer
Val Zimmer ... grip: New Orleans
Paul Olinde ... electrician: New Orleans (uncredited)
Ben Pekkanen ... grip (uncredited)
Abe Schrager ... camera operator: New York (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Jordan Beswick ... casting assistant
Vicki Cosentino ... extras casting: New York
Rebecca Gibson ... casting assistant: New Orleans
Tracy Kilpatrick ... local extras casting: New Orleans
Grant Wilfley ... extras casting: New York
David H. Kramer ... adr voice casting (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Kim Marie Druce ... assistant costume designer
Alix Hester ... wardrobe production assistant: New York
Bonney Langfitt ... additional wardrobe: New Orleans
Gina Lombardino ... assistant wardrobe
Jeanne Normand ... assistant wardrobe
Hartsell Taylor ... wardrobe supervisor
Pete White ... wardrobe supervisor (as Peter White)

Location Management

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Cynthia Carriere ... location production assistant: New Orleans
Dana A. Hanby ... assistant location manager: New Orleans
Barbara Heller ... location manager: New Orleans
Lys Hopper ... location coordinator: New York
Elston Howard ... assistant location manager: New Orleans

Music Department

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Farrukh Fateh Ali Khan ... musician: harmonium and vocals
John Beal ... musician: bass
David Campbell ... orchestrator conductor
Frank Centeno ... musician: bass guitar
Gary Chester ... score mixer / score recording engineer
Mino Cinélu ... musician: percussion, wood flute and accordion
Ry Cooder ... music producer: songs / musician: additional guitar
Joel Diamond ... musician: hammond organ
David Düsing ... choral contractor
Seamus Egan ... musician: uilleann pipes and bouzoki
Norwood Fisher ... musician: bass guitar
Phillip Fisher ... musician: drums
Erik Friedlander ... musician: violincello (as Eric Friedlander)
Juliet Haffner ... orchestral contractor
Juliet Hafner ... musician: viola
Dildar Hussain ... musician: tabla
Julianne Jordan ... music project manager (as Julianne Kelley)
David Klotz ... music assistant
Gale Limansky ... soloist
Richard Locker ... musician: violincello
Jill Meyers ... music business affairs
Alison Miner ... music consultant: New Orleans
Eugene J. Moye ... musician: violincello (as Eugene Moye)
Patrick Mullins ... music editor
Annie Ohayon ... music consultant: New York
Frankie Pine ... music licensing manager
Susan Pray ... musician: viola
David Ratajczak ... musician: drums
David Robbins ... music supervisor / musician: electric and acoustic guitars
Gil Robbins ... choral arrangement / conductor
Ira Selsky ... music business affairs
Dawn Soler ... executive in charge of music (as Dawn Solér)
David Spinozza ... additional musician: guitar
John Vartan ... musician: oud, kementci and tambour
Ron Wasserman ... musician: bass
Frederic Zlotkin ... musician: violincello

Transportation Department

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Pete Aquino ... driver: New York (as Peter Aquino)
Elven Barrow ... driver: New Orleans
William B. Borges ... driver: New Orleans (as Bill Borges)
Edward Brumfield ... driver: New Orleans
Greg Collins ... driver: New Orleans
Jerry Everett ... transportation coordinator: New Orleans
John Fitzpatrick ... driver: New York
Charlie Franklin ... driver: New Orleans
Huey Grey ... driver: New Orleans
Davis Hawn ... driver: New Orleans
Jimmy Humphreys ... driver: New Orleans
Earl R. Hurst Sr. ... driver: New Orleans (as Earl Hurst)
Loney Landry ... driver: New Orleans
David McMiller ... driver: New Orleans
Poland Perkins ... driver: New Orleans
Al Sens ... transportation captain: New Orleans
Phillip L. Tomalin Jr. ... driver: New Orleans (as Phil Tomalin)
Chip Vincent ... driver: New Orleans
Louis Volpe ... transportation captain: New York (as Louis 'Sonny' Volpe)
Ralph Volpe ... driver: New York
James Patrick Whalen Jr. ... driver: New York (as James 'Dinny' Whalen)
Bobby Williamson ... driver: New Orleans

Other crew

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Eva Amurri Martino ... adr loop group
Sallie Jones Arata ... assistant production coordinator: New Orleans
Lee Arenberg ... adr loop group
Scott August ... set production assistant: New Orleans
Marcus Barben ... assistant chef: New Orleans
Ned Bellamy ... adr loop group
Debbie Berins ... office personal assistant: New Orleans
Susie Blanchard ... set medic: New Orleans
Brian Brophy ... adr loop group
Molly Bryant ... adr loop group
Eva Z. Cabrera ... script supervisor
David Carmel ... assistant: Tim Robbins
Greg Cattano ... security production assistant: New York
Kayla Chaillot ... craft service: New Orleans
Liza Chasin ... president of development and production: Working Title
Holly Cherry ... assistant: Sean Penn
Rashid Chinchanwala ... head of finance: Working Title
Kay Collyer ... legal service
Adrian Colon ... set production assistant: New Orleans
Pierce Cravens ... adr loop group
Christine Donatelli ... set production assistant: New Orleans
Howard Fabrick ... legal service
Jeremy Fader ... office personal assistant: New York
Abby Fender ... adr loop group
David 'Flip' Filippi ... set production assistant: New York
Jeff Foster ... adr loop group
Brad Fox ... tattoo artwork performer
Jane Frazer ... head of production: Working Title
Bonnie Friedman ... production secretary: New Orleans
Lisa Gaede ... set production assistant: New York
Kyle Gass ... adr loop group
Shelley Geiler ... assistant to producers
Chris Gilmer ... key set production assistant
Michele Giordano ... production coordinator (as Michelle Giordano)
Jill Goldstein ... legal service
Oliver Goodenough ... legal service
Brad 'Mo' Gremillion ... chef: New Orleans
Joe Grimm ... adr loop group
Nancy Hartmann ... intern: New Orleans
Gretchen Hatz ... office personal assistant: New York
Gerry Hawkins ... title designer
Hillary Hawkins ... adr loop group
Allison R. Hebble ... assistant: Susan Sarandon
Dionna Hickman ... adr loop group
Billy Hinshelwood ... legal service
Aldis Hodge ... adr loop group
Edwin Hodge ... adr loop group
Rachel Holroyd ... legal advisor: Working Title
Delroy Hunter ... parking coordinator: New York
Ron James ... assistant: David Robbins
Steven Josephs ... assistant chef: New Orleans
Cole Kazdin ... intern: New York (as Nicole Kazdin)
Candice Kersh ... legal service
Genevieve King ... intern: New Orleans
Israel Larios ... craft service: New York
Melissa Logan ... accounting assistant: New York
Joseph Lombardi ... accounting assistant: New York (as Joe Lombardi)
M.J. Magbanua ... assistant production coordinator: New York
Jill Meyers ... legal affairs
Gary Miller ... chef: New Orleans
Tim Monich ... dialect coach
Anthony Monteforte ... craft service: New York
Katherine Ann Moore ... publicist: New Orleans (as Katherine Moore)
Angela Morrison ... head of business affairs: Working Title
Tricia Parks ... adr loop group
Victoria Person ... office personal assistant: New Orleans
Dina Platias ... adr loop group
Steve Porter ... adr loop group
Brian Powell ... adr loop group
Helen Prejean ... consultant (as Sister Helen Prejean C.S.J.)
Jason Clark Ramsey ... production secretary: New York
Michael Remacle ... office personal assistant: New York
Kathleen Richter ... assistant production accountant: New Orleans
Adele Robbins ... adr loop group
Jack Henry Robbins ... adr loop group
Dean Robinson ... adr loop group
James Roque ... set production assistant (as James Roque Jr.)
Ben Rothman ... adr loop group
Albert G. Ruben ... insurance
Joe Russo ... office personal assistant: New Orleans
Carla M. Schorr ... assistant production accountant: New York
Peter Schön ... assistant production coordinator: New York (as Peter Schon)
Ira Selsky ... legal affairs
Patrick Sheedy ... post-production accountant
Mindy Sheldon ... production accountant: New York
Ron Terry ... craft service: New Orleans
Patti Tippo ... adr loop group
Cari Dean Whittemore ... adr loop group
Robb Williams ... assistant sound mixing engineer
Anne Wilson ... production accountant: New Orleans (as Anne Moosman)
Dawn Wolf ... craft service: New York
Eric David Zoback ... stage manager: New York
Shirley Davis ... assistant production coordinator: New York (uncredited)
Nicole DuBois Favre ... body double: Missy Yager (uncredited)

Thanks

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Simon Abkarian ... special thanks
Farrukh Fateh Ali Khan ... thanks (as The Ali Khan Family)
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan ... thanks (as The Ali Khan Family)
Rahat Fateh Ali Khan ... thanks (as The Ali Khan Family)
Barry Ancelet ... special thanks
Jason Barry ... special thanks
Thelma Bledsoe ... dedicatee
Brigid Boden ... special thanks
Sharon Boyle ... special thanks
Clancy Brown ... special thanks
Burl Cain ... special thanks
Kimberly M. Carbo ... special thanks
Gayle Carpenter ... special thanks
Sam Caruso ... special thanks
Steve Castellano ... special thanks
Sam Cohn ... special thanks
Ry Cooder ... special thanks
Cindy Cook ... special thanks
Maureen Crowe ... special thanks
David Daugherty ... special thanks
Rashid Ahmed Din ... special thanks
Arlene Donovan ... special thanks
Deana Elwell ... special thanks
O.P. Donald Everard ... special thanks
Rick Finkelstein ... special thanks
Lillian Flavin ... special thanks (as Sister Lillian Flavin)
Peter Gabriel ... special thanks
Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas ... special thanks
Peter D. Graves ... special thanks (as Peter Graves)
Samantha Hart ... special thanks
Nadine Hasan ... special thanks
Ken Hertz ... special thanks
Hyatt Hood ... special thanks
Elton Jones ... special thanks
Malcolm Joseph ... special thanks
Dr. Katz ... special thanks
Michael Kelly ... special thanks
Erin Kovel ... special thanks
Michael Kuhn ... special thanks
Barry Levine ... special thanks
Margaret Maggio ... special thanks (as Sister Margaret Maggio C.S.J.)
Norik Manoukian ... special thanks
R. Dwayne McFatter ... special thanks
Tom Mikkelsen ... special thanks
Marc H. Morial ... special thanks
Grant Morris ... special thanks
Aline Perry ... special thanks
Pliny Porter ... special thanks
Kieran Alexander Presley ... special thanks
Malcolm Ritchie ... special thanks
Chelsea Robbins ... special thanks
Gabrielle Robbins ... special thanks
Lee Robbins ... dedicatee
Thiery Robbins ... special thanks
Julia Roberts ... special thanks
Michael Sartisky ... special thanks
Russell Schwartz ... special thanks
Patti Scialfa ... special thanks
Marjolaine Sebagh ... special thanks
Jody Silverman ... special thanks
Jack Snyder ... special thanks
Bruce Springsteen ... special thanks
Roger Stein ... special thanks
Stewart Till ... special thanks
Nicole Vaudry ... special thanks
Eddie Vedder ... special thanks
Keith Villere ... special thanks
Bart Walker ... special thanks
Suzanne Weinert ... special thanks
Mark Wolfe ... special thanks
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Plot Summary

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

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Also Known As
  • La dernière marche (France)
  • Dead Man Walking - Sein letzter Gang (Germany)
  • Pena de muerte (Spain)
  • Culoarul mortii (Romania)
  • La dernière marche (Canada, French title)
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  • 122 min
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Box Office

Budget $11,000,000 (estimated)
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $83,088,295

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Trivia After being told that she would be played in the film by "a famous actress from Thelma & Louise (1991)", Sister Helen Prejean was introduced to Susan Sarandon and said "Thank God, she's Louise." See more »
Goofs The chemicals used in lethal injections in Louisiana are administered manually, not by a machine as in the movie. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Dead Man Walking/Cutthroat Island/Sudden Death/Grumpier Old Men/Restoration/Waiting to Exhale (1995). See more »
Soundtracks The Face of Love See more »
Crazy Credits In the heart-shaped symbol at the end of the credits, the initials EMLA, JHR, MGR, and SS stand for Tim Robbins' family with Susan Sarandon (SS) -- Jack Henry Robbins and Miles Guthrie Robbins (their two sons together) and Eva Maria Livia Amurri (Sarandon's daughter with Franco Amurri). See more »
Quotes Prison guard: Tell me something sister, what is nun doing in a place like this. Shouldn't you be teaching children? Didn't you know what this man has done? How he killed them kids?
Sister Helen Prejean: What he was involved with was evil. I don't condone it. I just don't see the sense of killing people to say that killing people's wrong.
Prison guard: You know what the Bible say, 'An eye for an eye'.
Sister Helen Prejean: You know what else the Bible ask for death as a punishment? For adultery, prostitution, homosexuality, trespass upon sacred grounds, profane in a sabbath and contempt to parents.
Prison guard: I ain't gonna get no Bible quote from no nun cause I'm gonna lose.
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