• Dead Man Walking (1995)

Dead Man Walking

Release Date: 1995

DVD Release Date: October 7th, 1997

R |2 hr 2 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

Production Co: PolyGram Filmed Entertainment

Keywords: Moving, Emotional, Murder, Prison, 1990s, Quest

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Gene SiskelChicago 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]

  • 100
    James BerardinelliReelViews

    It's ironic that a film with this title should be among the most vital, alive, and challenging cinema experiences of the year. show more

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    This film ennobles filmmaking. show more

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

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