Dead Man Walking

D: Tim Robbins
Polygram/Working Title/Havoc (John Kilik, Tim Robbins & Ruud Simmons)
USA 🇺🇸 1995
122 mins


W: Tim Robbins [based on the book by Sister Helen Prejean]
DP: Roger Deakins
Ed: Lisa Zeno Churgin
Mus: David Robbins

Susan Sarandon (Sister Helen Prejean), Sean Penn (Matthew Poncelet), Robert Prosky (Hilton Barber), Raymond J. Barry (Earl Delacroix), R. Lee Ermey (Clyde Percy), Celia Weston (Mary Beth Percy), Lois Smith (Helen's Mother), Scott Wilson (Chaplain Farley), Roberta Maxwell (Lucille Poncelet)

Sean Penn plays off his bad-boy image to deliver one of his greatest screen performances, winning his first Oscar nomination for best leading actor in the process. 
He plays Matthew Poncelet, a death row prisoner who repents his crime to a catholic nun who volunteers herself as his only companion on the final days of his sentence. 
Tim Robbins as director and writer brings a great docudrama to the screen, with solid performances from the two main stars, winning a Best Actress Oscar for Susan Sarandon. Penn is the true revelation here however, in a performance which shaped the rest of his career.

Sean Penn & Susan Sarandon in Dead Man Walking
Sean Penn & Susan Sarandon in Dead Man Walking