Sister Helen Prejean (Susan Sarandon) is a nun and teacher living in rural Louisiana. One day, she receives a letter from Matthew Poncelet (Sean Penn), who is scheduled to be executed soon for the rape and murder of two teenagers. After meeting Matthew, Sister Helen agrees to serve as spiritual counselor and see what she can do to stay the execution. However, Matthew’s claims of innocence seem shaky at best, and it’s clear he’s a reprehensible, amoral racist
This movie is one of the best I have seen!! But he had a very powerful ending. I was in tears after he confessed. This movie requires a lot of empathy for both the killer and his victim’s families to be truly appreciated. If you see life in black and white this is a good film to challenge how you look at the world. This is classic movie.Sean Penn is great. I am seeing all the old movies I missed in life. What a great actor Susan Sarandom is.