in about 100 words or less
US 122m, Colour
Director: Tim Robbins; Cast: Susan Sarandon, Sean Penn, Margo Martindale, Robert Prosky, Lois Smith, Jack Black, Celia Weston
Dead Man Walking is the dramatic true story of Sister Helen Prejean who befriends convicted murderer Matthew Poncelet, a prisoner on death row in the Louisiana State Penitentiary. In maintaining his innocence, Poncelet convinces Sister Helen to help him with his appeal, and ultimately guide him through the last days and hours of his life. Though much of the story is about their unusual relationship, the story also explores the issues surrounding capital punishment, victim rights, and the suffering of both the victims’ and the offender’s families. A heartbreaking story on many levels, both Sarandon and Penn are outstanding in this thoughtful and insightful film (Klaus Ming March 2013).