Dead Man Walking*

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Dead Man Walking*

  • 1995 ----- color ----- 122 min ----- vhs
  • (Directed by Tim Robbins, screenplay by Tim Robbins based on the book by Sister Helen Prejean, C.S.J.; with Susan Sarandon, Sean Penn, Robert Prosky, Raymond J. Barry, R. Lee Ermey, Celia Weston, Lois Smith) Powerful drama based on the true story of a nun in Louisiana who responds to a letter from a man on death row asking for help. She believes her calling demands that she reach out to him; the problem is reconciling his needs with the heinousness of his crime and the grief of the parents whose children he murdered. Strong performances by Sarandon and Penn anchor this sobering story which, despite the humanizing of its central character, is not a simple pro- or anti-death penalty treatise. [Letterboxed] (Closed-Captioned) (Restricted to use on University of Washington campuses only)
  • Topics: (Biography, Law, Literature: American, Motion Pictures: Features, Political Science: American, Religions: Christian, Sociology, Women Studies)