Thursday, May 18, 2017

Dead Man Walking (1995)

Director: Tim Robbins

Writers: Helen Prejean, Tim Robbins

Composer: David Robbins

Starring: Susan Sarandon, Sean Penn, Robert Prosky, Raymond J. Barry, R. Lee Ermey, Celia Weston, Lois Smith, Scott Wilson, Roberta Maxwell, Margo Martindale, Clany Brown, Peter Sarsgaard, Jack Black

More info: IMDb

Plot: A nun, while comforting a convicted killer on death row, empathizes with both the killer and his victim's families.

My rating: 7/10

Will I watch it again?  No.

After all these years I finally got around to this one.  It's Robbins' second film as director and it's a stark contrast to his first, BOB ROBERTS (1992).  The picture does a good job of covering the different sides of the death penalty issue.  The scene I like the most is when Helen (Sarandon) visits the parents of one of the victims wonderfully played by R. Lee Ermey and Celia Weston.  It all goes well and emotion until it doesn't and that transition was very nicely acted.  It's a very leisurely paced film that at times dragged but then I think some of that was on purpose to help drag the viewer closer to what the characters are feeling.  The MGM DVD has a non-anamorphic widescreen print with two extras - the theatrical trailer (fullscreen) and a commentary track from Robbins.

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