Dead Man Walking (1995)

Dead Man Walking (1995)
  • Time: 122 min
  • Genre: Crime | Drama
  • Director: Tim Robbins
  • Cast: Susan Sarandon, Sean Penn, Raymond J. Barry, Robert Prosky


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.

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  • I first saw this movie in a high school government class and it left the classroom in tears after the film ended. While I believe that our judicial system should let the punishment fit the crime, and I personally have lack of sympathy for convicted murderers (not those who do a person in for self-defense), this movie’s story and acting itself is compelling as it depicts a nun who empathizes with both the killer and the victim’s families. It delves in the background of the doer and the sufferer with much intense drama.

    You can’t help, though, but think that this movie is making a political statement about capital punishment, especially making viewers feel sorry for the convicted killer more than feeling sympathy for the victim and her family. I wasn’t swayed by it, just only moved by the overall acting.

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