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Dead Man Walking [1995] [DVD] [1996]

Tim Robbins|Susan Sarandon|Sean Penn|Robert Prosky    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Tim Robbins|Susan Sarandon|Sean Penn|Robert Prosky
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: German, English
  • Subtitles: German, English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Polygram
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Oct 1999
  • Run Time: 118 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004R72H
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 157,006 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Superbly adapted and directed by Tim Robbins from the non-fiction book of the same name by Sister Helen Prejean, this spiritually enlightened drama is too intelligent to traffic in polemics or self-righteous pontifications against the death penalty. But in examining the issue of capital punishment from a humanitarian perspective, the film urges thoughtful reflection on the justifications for legally ending a human life. Although it features a fine supporting cast, the film maintains its sharp focus through flawless lead performances by Oscar-winner Susan Sarandon as the Catholic nun Prejean and Sean Penn as the death-row killer she struggles to save. Robbins avoids a biased message, letting the movie examine both sides of the issue instead (R. Lee Ermey gives a fine performance as the grief-stricken father of one of Penn's victims). As the drama unfolds and Penn's execution deadline grows near, Dead Man Walking is graced by compelling depths of theme and character, achieving an emotional impact that demands further reflection and removes the stigma of piousness from socially conscious film making. --Jeff Shannon

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Tim Robbins directs this true story of Sister Helen Prejean (Susan Sarandon), a nun who communicates with prisoners on Death Row. When she corresponds with Matthew Poncelet (Sean Penn), a man condemned for killing a young couple, helping him to mount an appeal of innocence, she encounters someone who challenges her most basic beliefs. Can she persuade Poncelet to confess his crime and repent before the fateful day of his execution arrives?

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Superb Sarandon 22 Aug 2003
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Susan Sarandon is absolutely magnificent in her role as Sister Helen Prejean. Her compassion and sincerity shine throughout the entire film. Sean Penn portrays the whole gamut of emotions - arrogance, genuine love for his family, fear and remorse. I just wish he'd open his mouth a bit wider when he's speaking, as he is sometimes difficult to understand!
There are no big surprises so don't wait around for a fabulous denouement. All happens as you would expect but, in some ways, that makes the film more gripping, as it draws towards its inevitable conclusion.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Of monsters, murder and divine mercy. 3 Feb 2003
"Sister, I won't ask for forgiveness; my sins are all I have," sings Bruce Springsteen in this movie's title song while the end credits roll over the screen - giving voice once more to Matthew Poncelet and the men portrayed in Sister Helen Prejean's nonfiction account on which this movie is based; that angry "white trash," those men who are "God's mistake," as one victim's father says, inconsolable over the loss of his daughter; those men locked up in high security prisons for unspeakable crimes which many of them claim they didn't commit. And Matt Poncelet (Sean Penn) is just such a guy; locked in bravado and denial, he proclaims his innocence and would rather take a lie detector test on the day of his execution "so my momma knows I didn't do this" than own up to his responsibility.
With Sister Helen Prejean (Susan Sarandon), we first learn about the crime which landed Poncelet on death row - the rape-murder of a couple on lovers' lane - from the account she receives when she starts writing to him and eventually agrees to visit him in prison. It is, as she will soon learn, a story that anti-death penalty advocates are all too familiar with; a story of unequal access to lawyers and of two defendants, each blaming all guilt for their crime exclusively on the other, regardless what truly happened. And as long as she is assured that even if Poncelet would have a new trial he wouldn't go free (as an accomplice, under Louisiana state law he would receive a lifetime prison sentence), Sister Helen is willing to help him find a lawyer and, when the date for his execution is set, try to obtain a reprieve.
But it does not end there, as she soon finds out; and one of this movie's greatest strengths is the way in which it portrays all sides of the moral issues involved in the death penalty.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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I love movies dealing with controversial issues, especially questioning real-life situations as well as social & moral dilemmas. As Tim Robbins' & Susan Sarandon's staunchly liberal stance is taken into consideration, "Dead Man Walking" might be understood as a "hidden" criticism to capital punishment & treatment of US justice system. But, I think that Robbins' approach taking on the issue is pretty even-handed (excluding final sequences), making some good arguments about merits and demerits of death penalty.

Being as unbiased as possible, he raises some solid points for both sides: sorrowful families of THE VICTIMS, raped and killed by two ruthless psychopaths, and a convicted DEATH ROW INMATE waiting for his imminent execution. But, Robbins' neutal attitude is CRACKED AT THE VERY SEAMS to the end of the movie while impending execution approaches: emotional tension builds, terror, fear & anger unfold, despair & emptiness dominate, and death shows its ugly & frosty face...

Another thing I appreciate is that Robbins follows a minimalist approach in setting up the movie: focusing mostly on character development and letting picture tell the story. Sarandon won Academy Award for Best Actress for her role as Sister Prejean, and Sean Penn was nominated for Academy Award for Best Actor for his role as convicted criminal Poncelet. Both performances were definitely brilliant.

Regardless of your idea on this controversial subject, this movie is a definite must-see!
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Susan Sarandon gives a fine and well deserved Oscar winning performance as Sister Helen Prejean who acts as spiritual adviser to a man played by the excellent Sean Penn who faces the last days of his life on Death Row.I liked this film as I feel that Tim Robbins as director approaches the issue of the death penalty in an intelligent and thought -provoking manner. The film shows us the sub-culture of the 'death penalty,' that is something that very much effects American Society at large. Dead Man Walking leaves you as the viewer with a very open perspective about the death penalty and invites you to draw your own conclusions as to whether it is good or bad. In my opinion this is one of the best films ever made on the issue of capital punishment. Susan Sarandon shines as Sister Helen Prejean and she adds another impressive screen performance to her dazzling film resume!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Dead Men Walking, disappointing 24 Dec 2010
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I bought this after reading the reviews on Amazon and also having read the much acclaimed book 'Welcome to Hell' by Jan Arriens.
After reading some of the moving testimonies in the book, which included humbling cases of repentance and details of cases where there genuinely did appear to be a major miscarriage of justice, I found this film rather pointless as I had no sympathy for the prisoner from beginning to end and found the dedication of his friend / visitor (the nun) quite astonishing. I could not see the relevance of whether he had actually killed the victims, his very part in the terrible crime was sufficient for me. The book I mentioned made me feel sympathetic to possibly corresponding with a 'death row' prisoner, this film turned me right the other way. Apart from the voyeuristic details of the execution, if you like that sort of thing, this film has nothing to recommend it, in my view but I am obviously on a different wave length to most of the other reviewers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Film
I've used the as part of a creative writing activity. The students were totally engaged and produced some great essays.
Published 6 months ago by S Marsden
5.0 out of 5 stars Sarandon & Penn, need I say more.
I bought this Blu-ray to replace my DVD copy, the change to Blu-ray makes it look like your watching a new film because you notice details that you hadn't seen before, so I can... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mr Colin Taft
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie with great stars
A great movie with great stars: Sean Penn is fantastic and I love Susan Sarandon: Sarandon is for me without doubt the greatest female moviestar !!!!! Read more
Published 9 months ago by Pierre Brewee
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb film
This is a superb film. The story is about a nun who visits a man sentenced on death row, she seeks to help him, both practically and spiritually. Read more
Published 10 months ago by M. Brookes
5.0 out of 5 stars Good for the price
Cant fault it for the price that was paid, not my fave film, but still enjoyed it. Arrived in perfect condition cannot fault physical product.
Published 12 months ago by Craig
5.0 out of 5 stars dead man walking
This film is amazing i remember learning about this film in religious education. There is not a moment that you want to move.
Published 13 months ago by Pen Name
4.0 out of 5 stars good film
The two leads in the film act well and it shows their journey and the human side of people on death row and what a family has to go through.
Published 13 months ago by jennifer
5.0 out of 5 stars Dead Man Walking
Saw the film first.This is a great read and an extraordinary story.A book you could probably read a few times over.
Published 14 months ago by margaret.e.renstead
5.0 out of 5 stars Brill DVD
Great interpretation of this a real life account. Having seen the real person on DVD sharing her experience and how, with the grace of God, she was able to forgive I find the DVD... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Willow
4.0 out of 5 stars Love this film
Susan Sarandon was absolutely brilliant in this film, with Sean Penn a very close second. Although the end is no surprise, the way the entire film plays out and draws you in... Read more
Published on 25 Oct 2011 by London Girl
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