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Dead Man Walking [Blu-ray] (1995)

Susan Sarandon , Sean Penn , Tim Robbins  |  R |  Blu-ray
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Susan Sarandon, Sean Penn, Robert Prosky, Raymond J. Barry, R. Lee Ermey
  • Directors: Tim Robbins
  • Writers: Tim Robbins, Helen Prejean
  • Producers: Allan F. Nicholls, Eric Fellner, Jon Kilik, Mark Seldis, R.A. White
  • Format: AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby TrueHD), French (Dolby Surround), Spanish (Dolby Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: April 14, 2011
  • Run Time: 122 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004LKXE08
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #151,631 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Dead Man Walking [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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Inspired by a true story, this provocative tale of crime and redemption earned Susan Sarandon a 1995 Oscarr for Best Actress and Sean Penn an Oscarr Nomination for Best Actor. Sister Helen Prejean (Sarandon) becomes the spiritual advisor to Matthew Poncelet (Penn), a vicious and complex killer awaiting execution. As she attempts to save Matthew's dark soul, she uncovers shocking truths that will rock the very foundation of her faith.

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64 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Of monsters, murder and divine mercy. February 3, 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.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars what amazing performances February 10, 2005
Both Sean Penn and Susan Sarandon give the performance of their lives. This is such an emotional film and the story behind it is amazing. Tim Robbins' direction is spot on. Was thoroughly entranced from beginning to end. Although the story deals with death row and the death penalty, both highly explosive subjects, I was able to detach myself because of the actors' performances. Strongly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars YOU WILL NEVER FORGET THIS FILM January 3, 2000
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Table all pre-conceived notions of whether Capital Punishment is wrong or right. Set aside your personal opinions on how society views convicted killers. DEAD MAN WALKING examines all sides of the coin, from the eyes of the victims, their families, the legal system, religious counselors and finally the convict himself.
Sean Penn is almost scary in his portrayal of Matthew Poncellet. With convincing facial expressions, voice and demeanor, Penn nails every scathing, miserable characteristic of a "white trash" criminal with no remorse for his chosen way of life and his lack of respect for everything and everyone in his world. By the film's end, your heart can't help but bleed for him in is agony, but what a pity it took the tragedy of murder to bring him to his knees.
Susan Sarandon perfectly portrays a kind and gentle Sr. Helen Prejean (who makes a cameo appearance in the film at a candlelight demonstration outside the prison).
WARNING: This movie is very painful to watch, and certain scenes of violence, aside from the final execution by lethal injection, may disturb the faint-hearted.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
This movie wrecked me.

Seriously, it tore out my heart and stomped on it. `Dead Man Walking' is one of those movies that ravages an individual because it leaves bias at the door and forces you to witness two sides of a devastating story. I feel about this film as I do about `4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days' for both films take a situation that one would have a firm opinion about and causes you to seriously doubt yourself. With `4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days' it was abortion, and while I am wholeheartedly against the act it forced me to understand why some would be for it, and it brought me a to a dark and lonely place I never want to revisit. `Dead Man Walking' is very similar but maybe even with a more savage result. This film takes on the subject of the death penalty and asks us to contemplate whether or not it is humane. Instead of forcing us a preordained answer, `Dead Man Walking' allows the audience to see both sides of the situation and decide for themselves what they think is just and fair.

`Dead Man Walking' took everything I believed in and destroyed it.

When `4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days' was through I was weak emotionally, but I still stood firm to my beliefs on the subject. When I was through with `Dead Man Walking' I had no idea what I believed anymore because I found myself trying to justify each stance on the matter. I still am trying to grapple with my feelings.

`Dead Man Walking' (a slang term used in reference to a death row inmate in route to the death chamber) focuses on Matthew Poncelet, a convicted murderer trying to get his death sentenced exchanged for a life sentence.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Sr. Helen will be at the sanctuary church in Fort Lauderdale
Published 26 days ago by Dwayne
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie!!
Published 27 days ago by Pen Name
4.0 out of 5 stars I thought this movie was great. I hadn't seen it and at the...
I thought this movie was great. I hadn't seen it and at the recommendation of my boyfriend, I watched it. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Avani Patel
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
sad movie, a great reminder of forgiveness.
Published 1 month ago by Christina Morales
5.0 out of 5 stars MUST SEE, Sean Penn at his absolute best!!
I've seen this move 4 or 5 times and I cry close to the end every single time. I bought this movie so my husband could watch it. He really liked it. it is a very intense movie. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lisa Torres
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The best film on capital punishment I have seen. Stellar story and performances.
Published 1 month ago by Carole Fults
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by rachel summers
3.0 out of 5 stars Powerful Movie But...
The audio on both sides of this DVD makes it hard to hear on my television. Even with the volume settings cranked up as high as they will go, it's still pretty quiet. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ralph
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie. Great DVD.
The movie is great. And the DVD in excellent condition.
Published 3 months ago by Tom
5.0 out of 5 stars A must see for our older children
One of the best written, directed, and portrayed films of all times. It shows the emotional, psychological, moral, political, and heart wrenching sides of the death penalty. Read more
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