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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 (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004R72H
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 79,962 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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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?


A serious film on a serious subject, Dead Man Walking (1995) is enriched by two excellent performances: Sean Penn as a murderer and rapist facing execution on Death Row, and Susan Sarandon as a nun who visits and befriends him. Tim Robbins, the writer and director of the film (and Sarandon's husband), based the film on a true story, and there's not much narrative tension since it's obvious Penn will not escape his fate. But the film is a clear-eyed look at the realities of capital punishment and its grisly rituals, which at the same time never sentimentalises the people or the issues. There is no shying away from the evil of the murderer's acts and their effects on the victims' families, but this is balanced against the heartlessness and cynicism of those in the prison system and their political masters. It's hard to say whether the film is ultimately against capital punishment; it certainly encourages you to think for yourself.

On the DVD: The image and sound quality is excellent, in widescreen ratio 16:9. There's a theatrical trailer and a TV commercial for the film, which also has language tracks in English, French and Spanish and subtitles in English, French, Spanish, Dutch and Hungarian. There's also an audio commentary on the film by director Tim Robbins which gives valuable insights into the political background of the film and the shooting process. --Ed Buscombe --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Aug. 2003
Format: VHS Tape
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Serkan Silahsor on 5 Jun. 2007
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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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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Themis-Athena on 3 Feb. 2003
Format: DVD
"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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By F. V. L. Buliciri on 5 Jun. 2003
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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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr AM Tostevin on 14 Sept. 2002
Format: DVD
The first DVD I bought, Dead Man Walking has proved to be the most powerful movie I have ever seen.
It takes as its main theme the development of an intense relationship between two very different people (a nun and a murderer) juxtaposed with the unravelling of the truth behind the fates of two young people.
There are also key points in the film which attempt to give an insight into the unimaginable loss in the lives of two sets of parents, and also the frustration and grief of the murderer's white trash mother.
Ultimately however it is the chemistry between the nun and the murderer which draws you in and keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout.
In addition to the extremely effective minimalism of the filming (even the scenes depicting the growing truth behind the rape and murder are made the more horrific by never becoming gratuitous), the soundtrack gives the movie an authentic deep South flavour particularly with the scoring for guitar by the Tex Mex master himself, Ry Cooder (also responsible for the soundtracks to "Southern Comfort" and "The Border" amongst others).
The moment of redemption towards the end of the movie when Matthew accepts his fate and responds to the Nun's assurance that "The truth will set you free" is cinema at it's most intense.
At the end of the day, movies are inevitably a subjective experience and whilst I have been moved at the first viewing of films such as Sophie's Choice, Schindler's List and Saving Private Ryan, the moment towards the end of Dead Man Walking when Matthew finally expresses his gratitude to the woman who has chosen to walk with him through the valley of the shadow of death and says to her "Thank you for loving me" has the power to make you weep even upon successive viewings.
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