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Dead Man Walking (1995)


Written by Tim Dirks

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Dead Man Walking (1995)

In Tim Robbins' anti-death penalty drama:

  • the flashback scene of the murders of a teen couple by death row inmate and convicted criminal Matthew Poncelet (Sean Penn)
  • comforting nun Sister Helen Prejean's (Oscar-winning Susan Sarandon) poignant words to Matthew before he took a walk to the execution room: ("Look, I want the last thing you see in this world to be a face of love, so you look at me when they do this thing. You look at me. I'll be the face of love for you")
  • the tearjerking ending and chilling death scene, including Matthew's last words before he died from lethal injection while strapped on a cross-shaped gurney, as victims' families and the comforting nun witnessed the capital punishment behind a glass window: ("Mr. Delacroix, l don't want to leave this world with any hate in my heart. l ask your forgiveness for what l done. lt was a terrible thing l done in taking your son away from you...Mr. and Mrs. Percy. l hope my death gives you some relief. l just wanna say l think killin' is wrong no matter who does it. Whether it's me or y'all or your government...")

Execution Room Death Scene


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