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R| 2 hr. min.

Plot Summary
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: Susan Sarandon , Sean Penn , Robert Prosky , Raymond J. Barry , R. Lee Ermey , Celia Weston , Lois Smith , Scott Wilson

Director: Tim Robbins

Genres: Drama

Distributor: Gramercy Pictures, MGM/UA Home Entertainment Inc., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Distributing Corp.

Dead Man Walking (1995)

Release Date: December 29th, 1995|2 hr. min.

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    Edward Guthmann San Francisco Chronicle

    Acting rarely gets better than this. show more

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    Mike Clark USA Today

    Happily, there's nothing to misconstrue about the film: It's fabulous. show more

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    Gene Siskel Chicago Tribune

    Sarandon delivers one of her very best performances; her shock at encountering the wrath of the victim's family is registered beautifully. And Sean Penn, who for too long has suffered with the label of being a "bad boy," gives an Oscar-caliber performance.[12 January 1996, Friday, p.B] show more

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