dead man walking


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dead man walking

n
1. (Sociology) US a condemned man walking from his prison cell to a place of execution
2. informal any person in a doomed or untenable situation, esp one about to lose his or her job
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In politics, a dead man walking is someone still in power after public opinion has swung against him.
They are hoping to use the Friday evening slot, November 16, for the first performance of the stage play based on Sister Helen's book Dead Man Walking.
In the twelve years since the publication of Dead Man Walking, the U.
Sister Prejean wrote about her experiences of visiting an inmate on death row, which was the inspiration for the 1995 film Dead Man Walking, the story of death row prisoner Matthew Poncelet.
Now he's a dead man walking, treading through the memories of his past and hoping there's still time to re-build for his future.
Determined to tread the boards on Broadway, he moved to New York City in 1995, where he and his partner Charles have been living together for the last five years, and snagged roles onstage (Jesus Christ Superstar) and on TV (Law and Order: Criminal Intent) as well as in last year's production of the Terrence McNally-scripted Dead Man Walking opera at Lincoln Center.
He named his doomed lineages "Dead Clade Walking," alluding to the film Dead Man Walking, about a death-row inmate.
Dead Man Walking (1995) contains a moment of magic as Susan Sarandon, playing Catholic nun Helen Prejean, tries to get through to the convicted killer played by Sean Penn and gently asks him, "Have you heard of Jesus Christ?
He had a global following and wrote part of the soundtrack to the hit film Dead Man Walking.
The idiot god called Market ordained that Dead Man Walking would be sent into movie houses in December, there to mingle with the full range of American wares: a nightmare for children starring Robin Williams, a chest-thumping contest between alpha-male actors Al Pacino and Robert De Niro, a Geena Davis swashbuckler.
The study concludes: "The paper dollar standard is a dead man walking.