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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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10 December 1999 (USA)  »

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Stephen King's The Green Mile  »

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$60,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$136,801,374 (USA) (12 May 2000)
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Stephen King responded to criticism (both pro and con) that read the film as a racial allegory by claiming the only reason why he made John Coffey a black man was to leave no doubt that he would have been sentenced to death given the time and place. See more »

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Popular 40s/50s vocalist Eddy Howard is featured on three soundtrack songs, all recorded 4 October 1940 (five years after the movie's setting), with a small jazz band which featured pianist Teddy Wilson. See more »

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William 'Wild Bill' Wharton: [Brutus Howell hands out cold sodas to the other guards] Hey, hey, I'm gonna get some too, ain't I?
Brutus "Brutal" Howell: My ass you get some too.
Paul Edgecomb: What makes you think you deserve any?
William 'Wild Bill' Wharton: [mutters] 'Cause I got a big pecker...
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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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Written by Mitchell Parish and Hoagy Carmichael
Performed by Eddy Howard
Courtesy of Columbia Records by arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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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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