R | | Crime, Drama
A nun, while comforting a convicted killer on death row, empathizes with both the killer and his victim's families.
One of the victims' surnames is Delacroix. Coincidentally, this name also turns up in another drama about the death penalty, The Green Mile (1999), but there it was the name of the death row inmate played by Michael Jeter.
Sister Helen Prejean:
Look at you. Death is looking down your neck, and you're playing your little male come-on games.
Matthew apparently spent only 6 years on death row. Most prisoners actually serve more than 10 years on death row due to the appeals and complected paperwork as well as securing enough evidence to have proof if the inmate was innocent or not. Even though Matthew admitted he raped and killed the young girl as well as killing her boyfriend it is not severe enough to be executed in a few years. Timothy McVeigh however was one of the very few to be executed 6 years after the Okaholma bombings which killed more than a hundred victims as it was one of the largest mass murders in US history.
This Film Was Edited On Old Fashioned Machines. This credit was inspired by John Ottman, editor of 'The Usual Suspects'. Ottman had wanted to put "edited on a piece of s*** Steenbeck" at the end of his movie, but settled for the more subtle "Edited on film". Tim Robbins heard about this, and decided to put his own variation of the line on the credits of 'Dead Man Walking.'
$3,571,599 (USA) (2 February 1996)