Dead Man Walking
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4 Nominations / 1 Win
Year 1995
Director Tim Robbins
Writer Tim Robbins
Starring Susan Sarandon, Sean Penn, Robert Prosky
68th Academy Awards

Dead Man Walking is a 1995 American crime drama film starring Susan Sarandon, Sean Penn, Robert Prosky, Raymond J. Barry, R. Lee Emrey, Celia Weston, Lois Smith and Scott Wilson. It was co-produced and directed by Tim Robbins, who adapted the screenplay from the non-fiction book of the same name.




A convicted murderer on Death Row and the nun who befriends him. Through the portrayal of finely drawn characters and their interactions as the days, hours, and minutes tick down to the condemned man's execution, powerful emotions are unleashed. While Matthew Poncelet and Sister Prejean desperately try to gain a stay of execution from the governor or the courts, scenes are intercut from the brutal crime, gradually revealing the truth about the events that transpired. In addition to her temporal help, the nun also tries to reach out spiritually and assist as a guide to salvation.