Dead Man Walking

1995
7.5| 2h2m| R| en
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A justice drama based on a true story about a man on death row who, in his last days, forms a strong relationship with a nun who teaches him forgiveness and gives him spirituality, as she accompanies him to his execution.

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Linbeymusol Wonderful character development!
SunnyHello Nice effects though.
Matialth Good concept, poorly executed.
Beanbioca As Good As It Gets
FilmBuff1994 Dead Man Walking is a good movie with a well developed plot and an outstanding cast. It boasts two electrifying performances from both Susan Sarandon, who brings great depth in her Academy Award winning role, and Sean Penn, who plays a deeply troubled man that we learn to empathise with over the course of the film. I did, however, feel that the film tried too hard to make its audience feel, pushing emotion and intense dialogue on us in a way that they were expecting us to be in tears, rather than simply letting the piece and its characters speak for itself. I also would like to have learned a lot more about Sister Helen. I understand that it is not technically her story, but she is the one we follow and, as well as that, the most redeemable character here. It certainly would have made the film more effective if we had been given more information on her. Certainly thought provoking, but not as much as it would itself like to be. Well acted and nicely written, Dead Man Walking is an enjoyable two hours that is worth the watch if you are looking for a good drama. A nun becomes a spiritual confidant to a convicted death row killer when she agrees to support his appeal. Best Performance: Sean Penn
ShiZiph First of all: this movie is so well acted that you are directly connected to the emotions of the characters just by looking into their faces. I have never watched a movie before which grabbed me like this by my throat and didn't let go till the end. And when i am talking about the ending i can say that it is amazing! I loved this movie because it is one of those who changes you're feelings not only when you are watching the movie but for a long period of time. Watch it! and i can guarantee that you will cry. As i said not the Story or the plot are the main factor of this movie. The emotions feelings and the greatly connected acting are making this movie a masterpiece. When you have friends who are support the dead sentencing, go and watch the movie with them. I am sure it will change their thoughts about killing people who killed.
Rohit Garg This film is about how a man, played by Sean Penn, convicted of two teenagers' murder and put on death sentence, comes to terms with his conscience with the help of his spiritual mentor, a nun, played by Susan Sarandon. It unintentionally manages to put the audience in a moral dilemma and makes them feel guilty in the end for sympathizing with a rapist and murderer. Susan delivered an incredible performance trying to defend the indefensible. Her character exposes the viewers to all aspects of the case and brings the best out of Penn as a man as well. The ending is a bit morbid yet gripping & the soundtrack is one of my favorites.
Geoffrey DeLeons This is an excellent film, expertly acted and directed. So, then, why just a 7? There were critical scenes when Susan Sarandon's character, Sister Helen Prejean, did not stand up for what she believed in, nay, devoted her life to. This I found literally incredible, as law officers and family members of those murdered questioned, derided, isolated and rebuked Sister Helen. What I found so strange was that she had no answer to their hatred and hostility, and responded in a secular, if kind, way.I am not even a Christian, but in this film, Prejean could have made a powerful statement for the unconditional compassion as offered and described by Jesus Christ. Instead, she sat, staring. While I do believe it is true that real spirituality is in acts and not in words, there were critical junctures in the film where this position needed to be verbalized. It wasn't.I don't know what the reason was, for the somewhat remarkable departure from the norm, by casting nuns that do not wear habits, but it seems evident that the writer wanted to allay convention. Nuns without habits I can imagine: I'm sure it's done. Nuns without a strong awareness of and ability to defend the words and precepts of Jesus Christ, I can not.It also seems evident that the writer and director wanted to create a marked divide between the sanctimonious, condemnative character of Chaplain Farley (played by Scott Wilson) and the honest caring of Sister Prejean, but the secularism was brought to such an extreme that it sometimes seemed that Prejean did not know what, exactly, she did believe.Another lesser sin of this film is that the subject of innocence or guilt is hardly ever mentioned. I was consistently wondering why no one was trying to take a harder look at the case.In summary, it was not necessary for the film to devolve into "preachiness", but the case for revenge and hatred was given much more air time than the case for compassion and humanity. For the film to achieve a "higher level" of believability, those two latter qualities needed to be couched in the rebellious and visionary words and actions of Jesus Christ. A great opportunity was missed.