April 8

Dead Man Walking

Posted by lori . 6 Comments

Dead Man Walking is the story of Sister Helen Prejean and the relationship she forms with Matthew Poncelet who is on death row in Louisiana for killing a teenage couple.  He contacts Sister Prejean to help him with a final appeal and then asks her to be his spiritual adviser when his appeal fails.

This movie is thoughtfully done and presents the many different sides that surround any story about capital punishment.  It is a devastating look at good, evil, retribution and redemption.

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6 Responses to " Dead Man Walking"

  • We has nevers seen dis movie. Yea, we don’t get out much…or watch alot of tv (very borin’ lives I tell ya…though da pop just left da neighbors house AGAIN).
    Anyways, capital punishment is a very tricky subject. My dad is 100 % against it. Mum has her own opinion…and me, well…if it is a squirrel, a badger, or a groundhog I’m aaaaaaall fur it…hehehe!

    Mum is wanting to see dis movie now. Oh dears, there goes my din din cuz her’ll furgets to feed me.


    • lori says:

      Puddles…Freedom and Casper are right with you when it comes to any critter that violates their backyard boundary laws. Death!

      Your mom and dad may really enjoy this movie. One of the things I enjoyed about the movie and thought it did really well, was how it didn’t appear to take a position on either side. To me, it was an intriguing story of extremes (woman of God and murderer…life and death…who dies and who gets to decide when they die) and the life and humanity that exists between those extremes.

      Fun Fact: Tim Robbins (Susan Sarandon’s husband) directed this movie.

  • I just wanted to throw this out. I do not mean to be political in any way…and I don’t know your position on the death penalty but, I have often wondered if those that are against it have never had a crime committed against them…would their position change? Sorry, I am just a curious person by genetics I think…you know, would by husband think differently if something happened to our daughter? See, there I go thinking…sheeeeez!

    Allison…Puddles mum

    • lori says:

      Personally, I am both for and against the death penalty. I can say that for the exact reason you bring up…it has never happened to me. If anything happened to my daughter (or anyone I love), I can see myself fighting for their killer’s death. I could even imagine myself as executioner. That is the initial feeling I always have whenever I see the face of child victim (and all victims are children to someone). I also believe there is a world-changing power in redemption and forgiveness. I am humbled and awed when I hear stories of that nature. I believe that some murderers have been deeply hurt and wronged themselves and with love and compassion can change (now I’m against the death penalty), and I believe that pure evil exists in the world (now I’m for the death penalty). I think for most people, this issue is like “courage;” you don’t know if you have it or not until you get into hot water. That is my hope and prayer…that I’ll never have to know where I truly stand on this issue.

      I’m assuming that Puddles is asleep because she would have a FIT if she knew you were out on the internet without her. Your secret is safe with me.

  • houndstooth4 says:

    Hmmm… I’ve never seen the movie, even though I generally like things that make me think. My husband works in the field of law enforcement, not as a cop, but near that area. After some of the stories I’ve heard from him, I truly believe that there are some people who are beyond our ability to help. That leaves the conundrum of what to do with them. Do we end their lives and sometimes their suffering? Do we warehouse them and all work to care for them forever? Do we risk them ever getting back in with the human population? I’ve contemplated it a lot, and I still don’t know the answers!

    • lori says:

      One of the things I respected (and was surprised about) with this movie was that it felt very “balanced” to me. It didn’t take a stand either way (at least in my mind), it just presented a story. If you ever do watch it, I would love to hear back from you about your impressions. I think I would enjoy reading Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account Of The Death Penalty In The United States by Helen Prejean. It would be interesting to compare and contrast the two.

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