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.
I like rebels. Some blacks is ok. Martin Luther King, he led his people all the way to DC and kicked the white man's butt.
Sister Helen Prejean: You respect Martin Luther King?
Matthew Poncelet: He put up a fight. He wasn't lazy.
Sister Helen Prejean: What about lazy whites?
Matthew Poncelet: Don't like 'em.
Sister Helen Prejean: So it's lazy people...
In the flashback scenes of the murder, the dead couple have their hands bound behind their backs as the killers flee. In the flashbacks of the couple's bodies, the next day, both are seen with their hands unbound and their arms at their sides.
In the heart-shaped symbol at the end of the credits, the initials EMLA, JHR, MGR, and SS stand for Tim Robbins' family with Susan Sarandon (SS) -- Jack Henry Robbins and Miles Guthrie Robbins (their two sons together) and Eva Maria Livia Amurri (Sarandon's daughter with Franco Amurri).
$3,571,599 (USA) (2 February 1996)