Dead Man Walking

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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Credits: TheMovieDb.

Film Cast:

  • Sister Helen Prejean: Susan Sarandon
  • Matthew Poncelet: Sean Penn
  • Hilton Barber: Robert Prosky
  • Earl Delacroix: Raymond J. Barry
  • Clyde Percy: R. Lee Ermey
  • Mary Beth Percy: Celia Weston
  • Helen’s Mother: Lois Smith
  • Kaplan Farlely: Scott Wilson
  • Lucille Poncelet: Roberta Maxwell
  • Sister Colleen: Margo Martindale
  • Craig Poncelet: Jack Black
  • Luis Montoya: Ray Aranha
  • Walter Delacroix: Peter Sarsgaard
  • Captain Beliveau: Barton Heyman
  • Sgt. Neal Trapp: Steve Boles
  • Warden Hartman: Nesbitt Blaisdell
  • Guy Gilardi: Larry Pine
  • Governor Benedict: Kevin Cooney
  • State Trooper: Clancy Brown
  • Carl Vitello: Michael Cullen
  • Hope Percy: Missy Yager
  • Emily Percy: Jenny Krochmal
  • Sonny Poncelet: Jon Abrahams
  • Troy Poncelet: Arthur Bridgers
  • Helen’s Brother: Steve Carlisle
  • 9-Year-Old Helen: Eva Amurri Martino
  • Opossum Kid #1: Jack Henry Robbins
  • Henry: Dennis Neal
  • Nellie: Molly Bryant
  • Nurse: Adele Robbins
  • Parent #1: Pete Burris
  • Parent #2: Joan Glover
  • Parent #4: Lenore Banks
  • Guard #2: Scott Sowers
  • Guard #3: Cortez Nance Jr.
  • Guard #4: Adam Nelson
  • Guard #7: Jeremy Knaster
  • Parole Board Member (uncredited): Marcus Lyle Brown
  • Trustee (uncredited): Anthony Michael Frederick
  • ER Doctor (uncredited): Thomas McGowan
  • Cop (uncredited): Codie Scott
  • Woman at Vigil (uncredited): Helen Prejean
  • Boy in Church: Miles Robbins

Film Crew:

  • Director of Photography: Roger Deakins
  • Producer: Tim Robbins
  • Thanks: Julia Roberts
  • Executive Producer: Tim Bevan
  • Executive Producer: Eric Fellner
  • Unit Production Manager: Rudd Simmons
  • Thanks: Bruce Springsteen
  • Thanks: Clancy Brown
  • Producer: Jon Kilik
  • Dialogue Editor: Anthony J. Ciccolini III
  • Art Direction: Tom Warren
  • Costume Design: Renee Ehrlich Kalfus
  • Casting: Douglas Aibel
  • Music Producer: Ry Cooder
  • Screenplay: Helen Prejean
  • Music Supervisor: David Robbins
  • Production Design: Richard Hoover
  • Editor: Lisa Zeno Churgin
  • Dialect Coach: Tim Monich
  • Thanks: Sharon Boyle
  • Sound Mixer: Tod A. Maitland
  • Boom Operator: T.J. O’Mara
  • Supervising Sound Editor: Dan Sable
  • Sound Editor: Lynn Sable
  • Thanks: Simon Abkarian
  • Associate Producer: Allan F. Nicholls
  • Head of Production: Jane Frazer
  • Thanks: Eddie Vedder
  • Second Assistant Director: Sam Hoffman
  • ADR Mixer: Charleen Richards
  • Thanks: Peter Gabriel
  • Thanks: Barry Levine
  • Set Dressing Artist: Lawrence Amanuel
  • Thanks: Suzanne Weinert
  • Thanks: Jack Snyder
  • Assistant Art Director: David Stein
  • Dolly Grip: Bruce Hamme
  • Post Production Assistant: Allison R. Hebble
  • Editor: Ray Hubley
  • Foley Mixer: George A. Lara
  • Assistant Costume Designer: Kim Marie Druce
  • Thanks: Malcolm Ritchie
  • Associate Producer: Mark Seldis
  • Makeup Designer: Ma Kalaadevi Ananda
  • Wardrobe Supervisor: Hartsell Taylor
  • Carpenter: Chuck Stringer
  • Script Supervisor: Eva Z. Cabrera
  • Construction Coordinator: Martin Bernstein
  • Apprentice Sound Editor: Daniel Pagan
  • Gaffer: Bill O’Leary
  • ADR Editor: Hal Levinsohn
  • Makeup Artist: Michal Bigger
  • Still Photographer: Demmie Todd
  • Dolby Consultant: Bradford L. Hohle
  • Associate Producer: R.A. White
  • Key Hair Stylist: Aaron F. Quarles
  • Rigging Gaffer: Richie Ford
  • Location Manager: Barbara Heller
  • Playback Singer: Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
  • Electrician: Lance Shepherd
  • Music Editor: Patrick Mullins
  • Hairstylist: Michael Kriston
  • Electrician: Greg Addison
  • Orchestrator: David Campbell
  • ADR Voice Casting: David H. Kramer
  • First Assistant Camera: Andy Harris
  • Key Grip: Mitchell Andrew Lillian
  • Telecine Colorist: John Dowdell
  • Post Production Supervisor: Graham Stumpf
  • Grip: Tony Arnaud
  • Casting Assistant: Jordan Beswick
  • Color Timer: Tom Salvatore
  • Production Coordinator: Michele Giordano
  • Assistant Makeup Artist: Allison Gordin
  • Best Boy Grip: Charlie Marroquin
  • Camera Operator: Robin Brown
  • Art Department Coordinator: Christie Alexander
  • Construction Foreman: Michael Curry Sr.
  • Leadman: Patrick McGuire
  • Painter: Patrick K. Coppinger
  • Additional Music: David Spinozza
  • Chef: Brad ‘Mo’ Gremillion
  • Craft Service: Kayla Chaillot
  • Driver: Pete Aquino
  • Mixing Engineer: Gary Chester
  • Production Intern: Barry Gastelu
  • Property Master: Thomas Wright
  • Scenic Artist: Lucian Baran
  • Security: Greg Cattano
  • Set Medic: Susie Blanchard
  • Set Production Assistant: Scott August
  • Sound Recordist: Scott Dior
  • Transportation Coordinator: Jerry Everett
  • First Assistant Editor: Clare Larson
  • Best Boy Electric: William Moore
  • Rigging Grip: Jonathan Graham
  • Production Accountant: Mindy Sheldon
  • Production Supervisor: Nancy Kriegel
  • Assistant Sound Editor: Yvette Nabel
  • Set Dressing Production Assistant: Morgan Miller
  • Finance: Rashid Chinchanwala
  • Second Assistant Sound: James Murray
  • Assistant Location Manager: Dana A. Hanby
  • Second Second Assistant Director: Ann C. Salzer
  • Assistant Property Master: Travis Wright
  • Second Assistant Camera: Sal Camacho
  • Camera Trainee: Kris Enos
  • Additional Wardrobe Assistant: Bonney Langfitt
  • Construction Grip: Glen Engels
  • Key Construction Grip: Arne Olsen
  • Title Designer: Gerry Hawkins
  • Assistant Editor: Kristen M. Johnson
  • Location Coordinator: Lys Hopper
  • Location Production Assistant: Cynthia Carriere
  • Music Consultant: Alison Miner
  • Art Department Production Assistant: Shawna Starkman
  • Assistant Chef: Marcus Barben
  • Assistant Production Coordinator: Sallie Jones Arata
  • Key Set Production Assistant: Chris Gilmer
  • Production Secretary: Bonnie Friedman

Movie Reviews:

  • Peter McGinn: This is a terrific movie, with dramatic power and a balanced look at the issue of capital punishment. It is based on a true story written and lived by a nun, Sister Helen Prejean though, as usually happens, the story is modified to fit the needs of a dramatic movie. For example, the two inmates she provided spiritual advice to are merged into one for this film. As a side note, Sister Prejean has an uncredited appearance in a scene concerning a vigil.

    The movie is gritty at times,but always watchable. Susan Surandon received an academy award for her performance.

    In addition to it being a great movie, there are two soundtrack albums of note. The first is the soundtrack, featuring an array of songs by Springsteen, Johnny Cash and others. Also there is a movie score version, with music of a more atmospheric nature. I use it to read or write fiction to sometimes.

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