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Dead Man Walking [DVD] [Contemporary Classics]

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  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • This fascinating and powerful drama explores the relationship between a condemned young convict and the nun who counsels him in the days leading up to his execution. Matthew Poncelet (Sean Penn) is on death row after being convicted of raping and brutally murdering a young couple. He writes to Sister Helen Prejean (Susan Sarandon) for help, asking her to visit him in prison. She agrees to act as his spiritual adviser and begins to spend time each day with him. Prejean, who strongly opposes capital punishment, attempts to get Poncelet's death sentence rescinded. First, however, she tries to save Poncelet's soul by getting him to face up to his guilt and ask forgiveness for his actions. Based on the real-life experiences of Sister Helen Prejean, the film shows the horrors of state-sanctioned executions while also dealing sympathetically with the grief felt by the families of the two murder victims. Sarandon and Penn turn in top-notch performances in this award-winning film written, directed, and produced by Tim Robbins (BOB ROBERTS, CRADLE WILL ROCK).

    Academy Awards Best Actress 1995 Susan Sarandon Oscar winning actress, DEAD MAN WALKING

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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 907849

  • Credits
    Sean Penn, Susan Sarandon, Susan Tomaling, Robert Prosky, Raymond J. Barry, R. Lee Ermey, Lee Ermey, Ronald Lee Ermey, Celia Weston, Lois Smith
  • Critic Reviews
    "...[A] moving portrait....Refreshingly de-exoticized..."
    Premiere

    "...Prodigious performances in an unsparing movie....Acting doesn't get much better than this..."
    Rolling Stone

    "...A genuine sense of consolation....Profoundly moving....Sarandon has never been better...and Penn gives by far his finest performance to date..."
    Sight and Sound

    "...[Breaks] into a terrain that can only be described as spiritual. DEAD MAN WALKING is a bold, searching, wrenching experience..." -- Rating: A
    Entertainment Weekly

    Ranked #5 in Entertainment Weekly's "10 Best Movies of 1995"
    Entertainment Weekly

    "...A highly intriguing drama....An intimate chamber piece for two, superbly acted by Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn....[A] mature, well-crafted movie..."
    Variety

    "[A]n emotionally complex drama about capital punishment."
    USA Today

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