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Dead Man Walking Review


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A progressive nun living in the confines of rural Louisiana, and a racist convicted murderer, waiting on death row. The cast of next year's hottest new sitcom? No! They're the leads of Dead Man Walking, a somber "inspired by true events" docudrama wherein the nun, Sister Helen Prejean (Susan Sarandon), becomes the spiritual guide and confidant of the criminal, Matthew Poncelet (Sean Penn).

Poncelet (a hybridized, fictional character), along with a friend, raped and murdered a teenage girl along with her boyfriend back in 1988. Poncelet was convicted and sentenced to death. His execution rapidly approaching, Poncelet struck out to find anyone who could help him file his appeals and requests for pardon hearings. Enter Helen Prejean and the beginning of Dead Man Walking.

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