R | | Crime, Drama
A nun, while comforting a convicted killer on death row, empathizes with both the killer and his victim's families.
As of 2018, this and Leaving Las Vegas (1995) are the last films to be Oscar nominated for Best Director, Lead Actor, and Lead Actress, but not for Best Picture.
Sister Helen Prejean:
I want the last face you see in this world to be the face of love, so you look at me when they do this thing. I'll be the face of love for you.
The real killer (Willie) was executed by the electric chair, not lethal injection.
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)