Dead Man Walking
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  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Drama
  • Year: 1995
English Dolby Surround, French Dolby Surround


Inspired by the true story of a nun's relationship with a condemned man, this provocative examination of crime, punishment and redemption earned Susan Sarandon the 1995 Oscar® for Best Actress and Sean Penn an Oscar® nomination for Best Actor. Dead Man Walking is a "fast-moving and absorbing" film filled with "genuine suspense" (Variety) that will leave you awe-struck from beginning to end. Sister Helen Prejean (Sarandon), a compassionate New Orleansnun, is the spiritual advisor to Matthew Poncelet (Penn), a vicious, angry and complex murderer awaiting execution. Her dedication is to help others, like Matthew, find salvation. But as she attemptsto navigate Matthew's dark soul, she encounters a depth of evil that makes her question how far redemption can really go. Can she stave off the fateful day of execution long enough to save Matthew, or will she discover a truth that will rock the very foundation by which she lives her life?

Disc Information

**Theatrical Feature

**Feature-Length Audio Commentary by Tim Robbins
**Original Theatrical Trailer

Cast & Crew

Susan Sarandon ... Sister Helen Prejean
Sean Penn ... Mathew Poncelet
Robert Prosky ... Hilton Barber
Raymond J. Barry ... Earl Delacroix
R. Lee Ermey ... Clyde Percy
Celia Weston ... Mary Beth Percy
Ray Aranha ... Luis Montoya


Emanuel Levy Variety | June 10, 2006

Tim Robbins's balanced yet uncompromising approach refuses to judge any of the characters, including the killer (superlatively played by Sean Penn), instead giving each a fair chance to present their case with dignity and respect.

Hal Hinson Washington Post | January 31, 2002

An intelligent, balanced, devastating movie.

Kenneth Turan Los Angeles Times | February 13, 2001

Takes us along on the reluctant, difficult, essentially spiritual journey these two unlikely people make together.

James Berardinelli ReelViews | January 01, 2000

Dead Man Walking could easily be manipulative or exploitative, but it's neither. Instead, this is hard-hitting drama that neither accepts nor offers quarter.

Sean Means Film.com | January 01, 2000

A thought-provoking drama not to be missed or dismissed.

Washington Post | January 01, 2000

An extremely affecting experience

Susan Stark Detroit News | January 01, 2000

It will send you home with more than a few long thoughts.


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