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The Green Mile (1999)

A supernatural tale set on death row in a Southern prison, where gentle giant John Coffey possesses the mysterious power to heal people's ailments. When the cell block's head guard, Paul Edgecomb, recognizes Coffey's miraculous gift, he tries desperately to help stave off the condemned man's execution.

  • Frank Darabont
  • Susan Malerstein
  • Alan B. Curtiss
  • Basti Van Der Woude
  • Frank Darabont
  • Stephen King
Release Date: Fri, Dec 10, 1999

Rating: 8.505/10 by 16834 users

Alternative Title:
Stephen King's The Green Mile - US
Roheline miil - EE
Gurîn Mairu - JP
To prasino mili - GR
綠里奇蹟 - HK
Зелена миља - RS
Yeşil Yol - TR
Zielona mila - PL
Yaşıl Yol - AZ

United States of America
Runtime: 03 hour 09 minutes
Budget: $60,000,000
Revenue: $286,801,374

Plot Keyword: mentally disabled, based on novel or book, southern usa, psychopath, death row, jail guard, supernatural, great depression, prison guard, jail, electric chair, torture, magic realism, healing, 1930s, abuse of power
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Tom Hanks
Paul Edgecomb
David Morse
Brutus "Brutal" Howell
Bonnie Hunt
Jan Edgecomb
Michael Jeter
Eduard Delacroix
Doug Hutchison
Percy Wetmore
Sam Rockwell
'Wild Bill' Wharton
James Cromwell
Warden Hal Moores
Barry Pepper
Dean Stanton
Graham Greene
Arlen Bitterbuck
Jeffrey DeMunn
Harry Terwilliger
Patricia Clarkson
Melinda Moores
Dabbs Greer
Old Paul Edgecomb
Eve Brent
Elaine Connelly
William Sadler
Klaus Detterick
Mack Miles
Orderly Hector
Rai Tasco
Man in Nursing Home
Paula Malcomson
Marjorie Detterick
Evanne Drucker
Kathe Detterick
Bailey Drucker
Cora Detterick
Brian Libby
Sheriff McGee
Bill McKinney
Jack Van Hay
Gary Sinise
Lawyer Burt Hammersmith
Rachel Singer
Cynthia Hammersmith
Scotty Leavenworth
Hammersmith's Son
Bill Gratton
Earl the Plumber
Dee Croxton
Woman at Del's Execution
Rebecca Klingler
Wife at Del's Execution
Gary Imhoff
Husband at Del's Execution
Van Epperson
Police Officer
David E. Browning
Reverend at Funeral
Tommy Barnes
Tower Guard (uncredited)
Wes Hall
Prisoner (uncredited)
Phil Hawn
Police Photographer (uncredited)
Judy Herrera
Bitterbuck's Daughter (uncredited)
Gower Mills
Inmate (uncredited)
Garth Shaw
Inmate (uncredited)
Jared Stovall
Inmate (uncredited)
Todd Thompson
Prison Guard (uncredited)


**_A Masterpiece of Cinematic Art -- Captivating and Reverent_** The head Death Row guard at a Tennessee prison during the Depression (Tom Hanks) observes a new inmate, a black man named John Coffey (Michael Clarke Duncan), who is condemned to death for the rape and murder of two little girls. He and his fellow guards become intrigued by the gentle giant and conclude that there's no way he could be guilty of the crime. Who, then, is guilty? And will the guilty party get away with it. "The Green Mile" expertly mixes film genres: It's part prison flick, part supernatural mystery and part drama. It was adapted from Stephen King's novel by director/writer Frank Darabont and released in 1999. If you're not an admirer of Stephen King books/films (I'm not), DON'T let that deter you from viewing this beautiful and spiritually-profound film; it's by no means a typical horror story, although it does have a couple of horrific scenes. Running 3-hours, it's over my limited attention span, and yet it's somehow utterly engrossing, even on repeat viewings. It's character/dialogue driven, unique and unpredictable. Don't mistake this for a run-of-the-mill prison flick. The fact that it largely takes place in a prison in the 1930s is a secondary issue. This is a powerful supernatural mystery/drama. **SPOILER ALERT** (Don't read this next paragraph unless you want to consider possibilities about the character John Coffey) John Coffey's last name is, evidently, derived from an ancient Sumerian word, kophi, which means "winged creature." Hence, John could be viewed as a angel or messenger from the Almighty. Actually, John is a type of Jesus Christ verified in six ways: (1) His initials are JC. (2) He's good-hearted and can easily recognize true evil. (3) He miraculously heals people. (4) He pronounces and executes divine judgment. (5) He is sacrificed even though completely innocent. And (6) He offers eternal life (in a sense), as evidenced by the extended life-span of the Hanks character and the mouse "Mr. Jingles." **End SPOILER ALERT** Don't miss out on this cinematic masterpiece.


"Edgecomb" (Tom Hanks) is in charge of the prison officers who tend to the inmates on death row. He's a decent man who, with the help of his partner "Howell" (David Morse) tries to carry out his task as humanely as possible. Their team also numbers the truly odious "Percy" (Doug Hutchinson). He's an incompetent coward, but he also happens to be the nephew of the state governor, so tends to get away with his obnoxiousness towards the prisoners. That nasty behaviour becomes more pronounced when the giant "Coffey" (Michael Clarke Duncan) arrives. Also newly arrived is a small mouse which befriends, much to the chagrin of "Percy", a fellow inmate (Harry Dean Stanton) and oddly enough it seems to help keep the peace as people come and go. Things take quite an intriguing turn when some physical contact between their gentle giant and "Edgecomb" seems to cure his liver complaint. As the officer realises that this man may well possess healing hands, he and his team begins to bond with him. Meantime, the ghastly little "Percy" screws up his first execution causing an effect straight out of a Wes Craven film and Sam Rockwell's psychopathic "Wild Bill" arrives to liven things up. It's actually Rockwell who steal this for me. His performance is viscerally effective and he really does commit to the role. It's over 3 hours long but the acting is almost perfect as these characters develop and the story unfolds reconciling the brutality of racism, crime and punishment with the attempts at humanity and decency applied by virtually everyone whose lives are touched by these scenarios - even amongst the staff who struggle at times to keep their own priorities in kilter. One of Stephen King's much better stories with depth to the personas, a good baddie to loathe and a message of redemption delivered subtly but powerfully.

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