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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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$60,000,000 (estimated)

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£83,473 (UK) (25 February 2000)

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AUD 7,730,847 (Australia) (15 December 2000)
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The plot unfolds in the form of Paul telling Elaine the story of the Green Mile. In the book, Paul writes his story down in the form of a novel. At the end of the film, as Paul leaves the cemetery after Elaine's burial, a tombstone can be seen behind him that reads "Greene", and two others, one in the foreground and one to the right of the screen, that read "Story". See more »

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When Del finally dies his jaw is slack, but when it shows his body on the gurney his teeth are clenched tight. See more »

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Hal: It's a tumor, Paul. A brain tumor.
[pause]
Hal: They got X-ray pictures of it. The size of a lemon, they said... way deep down inside where they can't operate.
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Hal: I haven't told her. I can't think of how.
[he starts crying]
Hal: For the life of me, Paul, I can't think of how to tell my wife... she's going to die!
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Performed by Eddy Howard
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As wonderful as the book!
15 December 1999 | by (New Jersey) – See all my reviews

"The Green Mile" is one of my favorite Stephen King books and I have read it several times. I was anxiously anticipating the film version, but was concerned that the emotional impact of the book could not be replicated on screen. Fortunately this wonderful story was adapted by Frank Darabont, who did such a magnificent job bringing King's "Shawshank Redemption" to the screen. He does the same high quality work with "The Green Mile". The story is faithful to the book, only losing details that were not important to the story anyway. The casting is superb - every actor is perfectly suited for his role and does an excellent job, although I would like to single out Doug Hutchison. His portrayal of the detestable Percy is right on the mark and suggests complexities in this character I had not discovered in the book. The length is about three hours and it seems that critics are complaining about that. I can't understand the complaints. The film never drags and is never dull, and it certainly didn't feel three hours long. The length is needed to tell this story the way it should be told, and the story is so very engrossing. Best of all, Darabont and the actors bring so much emotion ot the screen, that I cried like a baby through several scenes. "The Green Mile" will haunt you.


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