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September 20, 2005

Robbins and Prejean, Dead Man Walking: The Shooting Script -- Drama as Literature (EL 250)

Guard: Remove all metal, coins, keys.

Prejean feels her pockets then notices the cross on her neck. She takes it off and places it in a plastic bin. She walks through. No beep. A female guard approaches her and pats her down.

I love this stage direction because she walks through the metal detector and it beeps. The guard tells her to remove all metal, coins, [and] keys. Then she takes off her cross and places it in the bin and walks through, no beep. Even though Robbins does not tell you if she picks it back up, itís as if to say, "leave your religion here, it wonít help you in there." It is such a symbolic part of the script I really hope Tim Robbins showed this scene well in the movie version.

Posted by SeanRunt at September 20, 2005 3:42 PM


Good eye for detail. I haven't see the movie, but if it's in the script, you can bet the director will pay attention to it. The act suggests that inside the prison, Prejean is a human being, visiting another human being.

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at September 20, 2005 5:55 PM

Wow that is a really good observation, Sean. I didn't notice that until you pointed it out.

Posted by: Amanda at September 20, 2005 9:09 PM

Wow, i didn't even think of that. That was really good Sean. I can understand what you are saying now. The guards as well as the priest and others kept telling Prejean that God wasnt going to help him now that he is on death row.

Posted by: Denamarie at September 20, 2005 10:49 PM

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