- Language: English
- Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
- Dubbed: French, Spanish
- Region: Region A/1
- Number of discs: 1
- Studio: 20th Century Fox
- Average Customer Review: 75 customer reviews
- ASIN: B004LKXE08
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #66,417 in Movies & TV Shows (See Top 100 in Movies & TV Shows)
NEW Sarandon/penn/prosky/barry/erm - Dead Man Walking (1995) (Blu-ray)
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Superbly adapted and directed by Tim Robbins from the nonfiction book of the same name by Sister Helen Prejean, this spiritually enlightened drama is too intelligent to traffic in polemics or self-righteous pontifications against the death penalty. But in examining the issue of capital punishment from a humanitarian perspective, the film urges thoughtful reflection on the justifications for legally ending a human life. Although it features a fine supporting cast, the film maintains its sharp focus through flawless lead performances by Oscar-winner Susan Sarandon as the Catholic nun Prejean, and Sean Penn as the death-row killer she struggles to save. Robbins avoids a biased message, letting the movie examine both sides of the issue instead (R. Lee Ermey gives a fine performance as the grief-stricken father of one of Penn's victims). As the drama unfolds and Penn's execution deadline grows near, Dead Man Walking is graced by compelling depths of theme and character, achieving an emotional impact that demands further reflection and removes the stigma of piousness from socially conscious filmmaking. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to an alternate Blu-ray edition.
Top Customer Reviews
No point of view is not set forth strongly - including the victim's parents, prison authorities, protestors for both points of view, dedicated but occasionally naive religious Sisters, and bitter prisoner who, until the last moments of his life, insists on his innocence. The ending (on which I shall not comment, not to spoil it for new viewers) unexpectedly brought me to tears.
The movie itself is 5/5 stars.
Dead Man Walking does not spend so much effort on making the story exciting and unpredictable but therefor it does not fail on presenting all the characters and circumstances concerning the execution in a realistic, human and in an emotional way.
This movie is made plain, there isn't much to distract the audience from the question whether they plead for capital punishment or whether they not. And this is what I like most about this movie: It is not interested in forcing one right opinion about the death penalty upon the audience, but wants you to contemplate about this topic and further about death, forgivness, faith and unlimited love.
By revealing how this nun finds the courage to bring Penn to terms with the enormity of his transgression--murdering a teenage couple after first raping the girl--director (and Sarandon companion) Tim Robbins makes one giant leap from his first film, 1992's slim political satire Bob Roberts.
But Dead Man is more than a tale of redemption. Robbins's finely crafted script, adapted from Sister Helen Prejean's 1993 book of the same name, looks at crime and punishment from multiple viewpoints.The anguish suffered by everyone--the doomed killer, the lawyer trying to save him, the parents of his victims and the nun who listens to and hears them all--is wrenchingly real.
Sarandon wears almost no makeup but shines with an inner radiance. Penn, moving from defiance to remorse, is her match. But what makes Dead Man so haunting is that it doesn't presume to answer all of the questions it raises. As Sarandon tells Penn when he finally comprehends the immensity of his act, "There are spaces of sorrow only God can touch."