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Dead man walking The film dead man walking was released in 1996 by MRM and directed by Tim Robbins (Husband of the starring female actor Susan Sarandon; It is a tale of a murderer and a rapist Mathew Poncelet, Poncelet is soon to be put to death, alone and afraid he writes to a nun Sister Prejean, despite the warnings for various people, she organises a visit to the prison to visit him, from the moment they meet she has mixed feelings as is the film it is saying that Poncelets death is a waste of life, however he brutally murdered two people. Most films of this genre are one handed, either for or against the death penalty, this is an exception for it does not aim to enforce one side of the argument, it was produced to educate and entertain, rather than to make decisions for the audience. The most emotive part of the film is definitely the execution scene, Poncelet's appeal has failed and when Sister Prejean tells him the news, the hope fails from his eyes, he knows that he is quite literally a "Dead man walking." ...read more.


Poncelet now apologizes to the parents of the children he murdered and makes an important quote "I hope that my death may bring you some comfort" he says this to the parent's of the girl who was raped and murdered. Then he makes a speech to all the audience, possibly the most important quote in the film "I think killing is wrong, whether its me that's doing it, or you, or you're government" This is basically his final apology. The actual murder and rape are now shown in the form of the flashbacks, as each bullet is shot the machine injects a chemical into him, each shot makes the same noise as the clicking of the machine, we see Sister Prejeans hand stretched forward to his. He sees the bulge in the pipe; he knows that his death is inevitable, we see the clock. Now he slowly dies, we see his face then we see a reflection in the glass of the two children who he killed fully clothed- there spirits are now free. ...read more.


someone locked up for life Deterrent to others if they believe that they'll die because of it Some offences are so horrendous that there's only one possible penalty for it Its more kind to kill them rather than 'Playing' with them Some people would want to die rather than Its guaranteed to be humane- some people would be tortured slowly when they were released from jail by the victims friends and family Against Sets a bad example It's a life for a life It doesn't show forgiveness It can be argued that it is immoral If a jury has to decide whether someone is guilty- they will be more likely to give them the benefit of the doubt if they think they'll only be going to jail, they'll need to be 100% definite before they send someone to be executed Sometimes the guilty person may not have been in complete control of his or her body- either because of narcotics or because of mental defect, the former of these applied to Mathew Poncelet's case, the latter would apply more often, people choose to take drugs- Mental Defect is not a voluntary action. ...read more.

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