Dead Man Walking


Synopsis Cast & Crew

DEAD MAN WALKING is a drama that explores the relationship between a condemned young convict and the nun who counsels him in the days leading up to his execution. Drawn from the real-life Sister Helen's own experiences, Matthew Poncelet (Sean Penn) is on death row after being convicted of brutally raping and murdering a young couple. He writes to Sister Helen Prejean (Susan Sarandon), asking her to visit him in prison. She acts as his spiritual adviser and begins to spend time each day with him. Prejean, who strongly opposes capital punishment, attempts to get Poncelet's death sentence rescinded. Her first mission however, is to save Poncelet's soul by getting him to face up to his guilt.


R. Lee Ermey Clyde Percy
Susan Sarandon Sister Helen Prejean
Sean Penn Matthew Poncelet
Robert Prosky Hilton Barber
Raymond J. Barry Earl Delacroix
Celia Weston Mary Beth Percy


Tim Robbins Producer
Rudd Simmons Producer
John Kilik Producer
Tim Bevan Executive Producer
Eric Fellner Executive Producer
Roger Deakins Cinematographer
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan Music
Tim Robbins Writer
Sister Helen Prejean Writer (story)
Tim Robbins Director