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The Green Mile (1999)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Fantasy  |  10 December 1999 (USA)
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The lives of guards on Death Row are affected by one of their charges: a black man accused of child murder and rape, yet who has a mysterious gift.



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Death Row guards at a penitentiary, in the 1930's, have a moral dilemma with their job when they discover one of their prisoners, a convicted murderer, has a special gift. Written by Guy Johns

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Paul Edgecomb didn't believe in miracles. Until the day he met one. See more »

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Rated R for violence, language and some sex-related material | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

10 December 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Stephen King's The Green Mile  »

Box Office


$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$18,017,152 (USA) (10 December 1999)


AUD 7,730,847 (Australia) (15 December 2000)

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According to one of the features on the DVD, Stephen King called this film *the* single most faithful adaptation of his work. See more »


When Paul and Brutal have Percy in the electric chair, the hair across Percy's forehead changes several times between shots. Also, Paul and Brutal's hand holds on Percy change. See more »


Percy Wetmore: [yells repeatedly as he brings John Coffey in] Dead man! Dead man walking! We got a dead man walking, here!
Paul Edgecomb: Jesus, please us! What is he yelling about?
Percy Wetmore: [continues yelling] Dead man! Dead man walking! Dead man! Dead man walking, here!
[he walks inside, leading a cuffed John Coffey]
Percy Wetmore: We got a dead man walking, here! Dead man walking! We got a dead man walking, here...
Paul Edgecomb: Percy!
[Percy stops]
Paul Edgecomb: That's enough.
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Referenced in Hearts in Atlantis (2001) See more »


Did You Ever See a Dream Walking
Written by Harry Revel and Mack Gordon
Performed by Gene Austin
Courtesy of Columbia Records by arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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A rare gem of casting and direction.
10 February 2000 | by (Espoo, Finland) – See all my reviews

Frank Darabont returns to the directors chair with another adaptation of Stephen Kings novel. The events take place at a death row, the guards call the green mile. The story is a layered, rather character-driven fantasy tale of the events that transpire at "the mile" after the arrival of a giant man, John Coffey (Michael Duncan), convicted of the murder of two small girls. Actually this is not one single story, but several tied together seamlessly.

A character-driven movie requires a lot from the cast, and fortunately when it comes to cast, The Green Mile delivers. As the poster of the movie tells, this movie stars Tom Hanks as Paul Edgecomb, senior prison guard of the mile, and as always he performs very well indeed. Yet the cast around him is even more spectacular, perhaps partially due to them being relatively unknown. With a face you know, one inevitably remembers previous performances, and the new role is coloured by this. Doug Hutchison as Percy Wetmore, a mean spirited prison guard was particularly impressive, yet his character could have been given more depth. The most captivating was the performance of Michael Duncan.

It is hard to find a flaw in this movie. The camerawork is superb, cast wonderful and direction flawless. The movie's considerable length, a bit over three hours, is something that had me worried. Yet the marvellous cast and the peaceful yet firm pace of the movie held my attention progressively through the three hours right to the touching culmination. Many will find this movie to be too long, but I for one was delighted of the style, combination of simplicity of events and depth of characters and conversation.

All in all the The Green Mile is a very touching drama, with the joys and sorrows of the life pictured with great skill, if not the best movie of the year. Five out of five.

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