Dead Man Walking

Dead Man Walking

DVD - 2005
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Matthew Poncelet is the convicted killer of two teenage lovers, preparing to end his life on death row. In response to a letter, Sister Helen Prejean visits Matthew and finds herself face-to-face with a killer who still pleads his innocence. When the date is set for his execution death by lethal injection, Poncelet asks Sister Helen to be his spiritual advisor and she agrees, little knowing the outrage that will follow her decision.
Publisher: Santa Monica, CA : MGM Home Entertainment, c2005
Edition: Full and widescreen eds
ISBN: 9780792842682
0792842685
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (122 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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LittleNoName
Aug 03, 2016

Awesome bunch of actress' & actors.
This was a very true & moving story... I believe the American justice system is very broken & vengeful, not rehabilatating as it should be. This movie outlines a lot of the injustices & issues around death row & lethal injection (its not a 'nice' way to go, yes there is worse, but its not pain free).
More detail into the crime would have made it more interesting for me personally but that was not the point of this movie.

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muffinpopcorn
May 08, 2015

Waste of time , boring

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Monolith
Sep 28, 2013

Sad story where everyone loses and no one wins. Penn and Sarandon were excellent.

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akirakato
Jun 19, 2013

This is a 1995 American crime drama directed by Tim Robbins, who adapted the screenplay from the non-fiction book of the same name written by Sister Helen Prejean, who established a special relationship with Matthew Poncelet (played by Sean Penn), a prisoner on death row in Louisiana.
Susan Sarandon plays as Sister Helen Prejean.
Superb is the acting of both Sarandon and Penn.
The lethal injection scene is quite realistic.
It would be more interesting if the director looked into the motive and psychological background of Poncelet.
It is quite moving when the murdered boy's father attends the ceremony and begins to pray with Sister Helen.

wayne19711012 Apr 30, 2012

i have no comment because everyone is so right

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Monolith
Sep 28, 2013

Atty. Hilton Barber (at Matthew Poncelet's appeals hearing): "The death penalty. It's nothin' new; it's been with us for centuries. We've buried people alive; lopped off their heads with an axe; burned them alive at a public square... gruesome spectacles. In this century, we kept searchin' for more and more *humane* ways... of killin' people that we didn't like. We've shot 'em with firing squads; suffocated 'em, in the gas chamber. But now... Now we have developed a device that is the most humane of all. Lethal injection." (cont'd)

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Monolith
Sep 28, 2013

Atty. Hilton Barber (at Matthew Poncelet's appeals hearing) (cont'd) "We strap the guy up. We anesthetize him with shot number one; then we give him shot number two, and that implodes his lungs, and shot number three stops... his heart. We put 'em to death just like an old horse. His face just, goes to sleep, while, inside, his organs are going through armageddon. The muscles of his face would twist, and contort, and pull, but you see, shot number one relaxes all those muscles so we don't have to see any horror show... We don't have to taste the blood of revenge on our lips, while this, human being's organs writhe, and twist, and contort... We just sit there, quietly. Nod our heads, and say: 'Justice has been done.' "

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LittleNoName
Aug 03, 2016

No English subtitles, Spanish ONLY.

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