Dead Man Walking

1995, Crime/Drama, 2h 2m

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A powerful, thought-provoking film that covers different angles of its topic without resorting to preaching, Dead Man Walking will cause the viewer to reflect regardless of their political viewpoint. Read critic reviews

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As death row inmate Matthew Poncelet (Sean Penn) nears his execution date, he calls upon Sister Helen Prejean (Susan Sarandon) to help him with one last appeal, maintaining that he is innocent of the murders of a young couple. Poncelet begins to form a bond with Prejean, and she visits both his family and the relatives of the victims, hoping to learn more about the case. As things begin to look bleak for Poncelet, Prejean does all that she can to comfort and console the hardened convict.

Cast & Crew

Susan Sarandon
Sister Helen Prejean
Sean Penn
Matthew Poncelet
Robert Prosky
Hilton Barber
Raymond J. Barry
Earl Delacroix
R. Lee Ermey
Clyde Percy
Celia Weston
Mary Beth Percy
Lois Smith
Helen's mother
Scott Wilson
Chaplain Farlely
Roberta Maxwell
Lucille Poncelet
Tim Robbins
Screenwriter
Tim Bevan
Executive Producer
Eric Fellner
Executive Producer
Jon Kilik
Producer
David Robbins
Original Music
Roger Deakins
Cinematographer
Ray Hubley
Film Editor
Richard Hoover
Production Design
Tom Warren
Art Direction
Renee Ehrlich Kalfus
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