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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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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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2 February 1996 (USA)  »

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$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,571,599 (USA) (2 February 1996)

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$39,387,284 (USA)
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Trivia

First cinema feature of Peter Sarsgaard, who plays Walter Delacroix. See more »

Goofs

In the flashback scenes of the murder, the dead couple have their hands bound behind their backs as the killers flee. In the flashbacks of the couple's bodies, the next day, both are seen with their hands unbound and their arms at their sides. See more »

Quotes

Prison guard: Do you have any last words, Poncelet?
Matthew Poncelet: Yes, I do.
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Matthew Poncelet: Mr. Delacroix, I don't wanna leave this world with any hate in my heart. I ask your forgiveness for what I done. It was a terrible thing I done, taking your son away from you.
Clyde Percy: [Softly to his wife] How about us?
Matthew Poncelet: Mr. and Mrs. Percy, I hope my death gives you some relief.
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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 »

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Referenced in 30 Rock: The Source Awards (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

This Is The Day The Lord Has Made
Performed by Rev. Donald R. Smith and The Golden Voices Gospel Choir Of St. Francis De Sales Catholic Church
Text written by Isaac Watts
Arranged by Donald R. Smith and David Campbell (as David Campbell)
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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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