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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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)


$136,801,374 (USA) (12 May 2000)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Bonnie Hunt and Patricia Clarkson both appeared in Jumanji (1995), four years earlier. They did not share any scenes there and only share one here. See more »


The movie shows mixed black and white prisoners both in the prison population and on the chain gang. In the 1930s this would not have happened. See more »


Klaus Detterick: [opening scene]
[We see a large group of poor white men running through a meadow with shotguns and barking dogs following them]
Klaus Detterick: [screen cuts to black] KATIE! CORA!
William 'Wild Bill' Wharton: [whispers heavily] Ya like your sister? Ya make any noise, ya know what happens?
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Crazy Credits

There are no opening credits after the title has been shown, followed by the opening scene for place of film. Although it is now commonplace for films to not have opening credits, in 1999 it was somewhat rather unusually and it was considered for a trademark of director Frank Darabont. See more »


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What a gem....
10 October 2001 | by (Dublin) – See all my reviews

Having doubts about seeing this movie because of the length (3 hours can be death to a film).I was so surprised that I didn't look at my watch once throughout the whole movie. Tom Hanks, in my opinion, gave the performance of his career by bringing emotion and depth to his part. The only actor that bettered him was Michael Clarke Duncan. How he made this giant like character into a vulnerable pussycat was a marvel. On whole, the cast came together and gave the best performance I have seen in a movie for a long time. Not one of them let the side down by being weak. David Morse who is more known for his supporting roles was also excellent and hopefully not long till he's carrying his own movie. If you haven't seen this get it out now,forget about the running time and connections to 'The Shawshank Redemption' and enjoy it for what it is, a little miracle. 4 out of 5

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