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The Green Mile (1999)

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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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This is a story about a miracle where I work... The Green Mile. 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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When Melinda Moores (Patricia Clarkson) is visited by John Coffey (Michael Clarke Duncan), she gives him a St. Christopher medal. In Catholicism, St. Christopher is known as the patron saint of travelers (John Coffey describes himself as a wanderer), and, like Coffey, died a martyr. See more »


Percy shoots WIld Bill firing all six cartridges of his revolver. When they subdue Percy after shooting Wild Bill, Stanton grabs his gun and ejects the spent cartridges on the floor. When the camera pans above Percy and the bad spirits leave his mouth, unfired cartridges are seen on the floor above his head. See more »


Paul Edgecomb: [to Dean Stanton who is standing in the doorway with a broom] You let him get past you.
Dean Stanton: No I did not.
Brutus "Brutal" Howell: Three grown men... outsmarted by a mouse.
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Written by Irving Berlin
Performed by Fred Astaire
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Mesmerizing & Thought Provoking
17 January 2000 | by (Chicago, IL) – See all my reviews

Without using all the old cliches, I would recommend this movie to anyone interested in a creative, intriguing, and life enhancing experience. Everything about this movie was delightful. I recommend seeing this movie with someone especially close to you. After the movie my Fiancée and I spent two hours talking and expanding on the films ideas and concepts. This was truly a electrifying experience. I would venture to call this movie one of the best movies of all time. Sure, there are things that I would have liked to see done differently, but that is what makes a movie more enjoyable. The discussions following this film were wonderful.

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