A justice drama based on a true story about a man on death row who in his last days forms a strong relationship with a nun who teaches him forgiveness and gives him spirituality as she accompanies him to his execution. Susan Sarandon won an Oscar for best female actress for her convincing portrayal of Sister Helen Prejean.
|Release Date||:||December 29, 1995|
|Production Company||:||Havoc, PolyGram Filmed Entertainment, Working Title Films|
|Production Countries||:||United States of America, United Kingdom|
|Director||:||Tim Robbins, Allan F. Nicholls, Sam Hoffman|
|Writers||:||Helen Prejean, Tim Robbins|
|Casts||:||Susan Sarandon, Sean Penn, Robert Prosky, Raymond J. Barry, R. Lee Ermey, Celia Weston, Lois Smith, Scott Wilson, Roberta Maxwell, Margo Martindale, Jack Black, Ray Aranha, Peter Sarsgaard, Barton Heyman, Steve Boles, Nesbitt Blaisdell, Larry Pine, Kevin Cooney, Clancy Brown, Michael Cullen, Missy Yager, Jenny Krochmal, Jon Abrahams, Arthur Bridgers, Steve Carlisle, Eva Amurri Martino, Jack Henry Robbins, Dennis Neal, Molly Bryant, Adele Robbins, Pete Burris, Joan Glover, Lenore Banks, Scott Sowers, Cortez Nance Jr., Adam Nelson, Jeremy Knaster, Marcus Lyle Brown, Anthony Michael Frederick, Thomas McGowan, Codie Scott, Helen Prejean|
|Plot Keywords||:||prison, rape, socially deprived family, penalty, death penalty, despair, death row, begnadigung, therapist, self-discovery, prison cell, court case, death sentence, doomed man, sentence, lethal injection, forgiveness, charity, mercy petition, rage and hate, unsociability, right and justice, court, electric chair, cowardliness|
I'm astonished how a filmmaker notorious for his political left-wing fervor could make such a subtle, non-sanctimonious picture. If you're for capital punishment, you'll still be for it after seeing this. If you're against capital punishment, you'll still be against it. But whatever your stance is, this movie will, at the very least, make you reflect on why you feel the way you do. There's not one false note in the film.