Directed by: Tim Robbins
Starring: Raymond J. Barry, Robert Prosky, Sean Penn, Susan Sarandon
Genres: Crime, Drama
Matthew confesses to sister Helen that he killed the boy and raped the girl, and then he gets executed.
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Clyde Percy: How can you stand next to him?Sister Helen Prejean: Mr. Percy, I'm just trying to follow the example of Jesus, who said that a person is not as bad as his worst deed.Clyde Percy: This is not a person. This is an animal.
In the film, the character of Sister Helen is played by Susan Sarandon. Midway through the movie, there is a scene where several people are congregated outside the building where Poncelet's appeals are being held. Sister Helen is talking to her laywer friend, who, at the end of their conversation says, "OK, see you later, Susan."
The movie is loosely based on Sister Prejean's experiences with two real death row inmates, Robert Lee Willie and Elmo Patrick Sonnier. Both men were electrocuted. In the movie, however, Sean Penn's fictional character was killed by lethal injection--because the image of a man strapped down to be injected allows for all that Christ symbolism.