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Dead Man Walking (1995)

aka Dead Man Walking

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Details: 122 mins · English · R (USA)


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Small Sister Helen Prejean
Small Matthew Poncelet
Small Hilton Barber
Small Earl Delacroix
Small Clyde Percy
Small Mary Beth Percy
Small Helen's Mother
Small Lucille Poncelet
Small Sister Colleen
Small Craig Poncelet
No_movie_poster Luis Montoya
Small Chaplain Farley
No_movie_poster Warden Hartman
Small Walter Delacroix
Small Sister Helen Prejean
No_movie_poster Captain Beliveau
No_movie_poster Guy Gilardi
Small State Trooper


No_movie_poster Roger Deakins Director of Photography
Small Tim Robbins Director
No_movie_poster Tim Bevan Executive Producer
No_movie_poster Eric Fellner Executive Producer
No_movie_poster Rudd Simmons Producer
No_movie_poster Jon Kilik Producer
No_movie_poster Renee Ehrlich Kalfus Production Design
No_movie_poster Helen Prejean Screenplay
No_movie_poster David Robbins Original Music Composer
No_movie_poster Richard Hoover Production Design
Small Tim Robbins Production
Small Tim Robbins Writer
No_movie_poster Helen Prejean Story Contributor
No_movie_poster Lisa Zeno Churgin Editing


Matthew Poncelet has been in prison for six years, awaiting his execution by lethal injection for killing a teenage couple. Poncelet, located in the Louisiana State Penitentiary, committed the crimes with a man named Carl Vitello, who received life imprisonment. As the day of his execution comes closer and closer, Poncelet asks Sister Helen to help him with a final appeal.

She decides to visit him, and her expectation is that he will come across as arrogant, sexist, and racist, not even pretending to feel any kind of remorse. Instead he affirms his innocence, insisting it was Vitello who killed the two teenagers. Convincing an experienced attorney to take on Poncelet's case pro bono, Sister Helen tries to obtain life imprisonment for Poncelet. Over time, after many visits, she establishes a special relationship with him. At the same time, she gets to know Poncelet’s mother, Lucille, and the victims’ families. The families do not understand Sister Helen's efforts to help Poncelet, claiming she is "taking his side". Instead they desire "absolute justice", namely his life for the lives of their children.

Sister Helen’s application for a pardon is declined. Poncelet asks Sister Helen to be his spiritual advisor through the day of execution, and she agrees. Sister Helen tells Poncelet that his redemption is possible only if he takes responsibility for what he did. Just before he is taken from his cell, Poncelet admits to Sister Helen that he killed the boy and raped the girl. During his execution, he appeals to the boy's father for forgiveness and tells the girl's parents he hopes his death brings them peace. Poncelet is then executed and later given a proper burial. The murdered boy's father attends the ceremony and begins to pray with Sister Helen, ending the film.

Release Dates:

Theatrical : 1996-01-12 : United States of America

DVD : 1998-09-30

DVD : 2001-02-06

DVD : 1997-10-07