Tom Hanks stayed in character as Paul Edgecomb whenever Stephen King visited the set. King asked him if he would like to sit in Old Sparky, but Hanks refused since he is in charge of the block. See more »
On the desk in "E-Block" at Cold Mountain, there is a small black clock. It is next to the telephone, and faces the wall behind the desk. When Wild Bill is brought into the cell block and the brawl ensues, the clock is knocked off of the desk. This action shows the clock clearly, and it is a Westclox Big Ben "Style 5". The Style 5 was designed by Henry Dreyfuss and introduced in 1939. Production continued until 1949. Since the movie takes place in 1935, that particular model of clock should not be there (especially given how worn it looks). See more »
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 »
This movie is a real gem. It is hard to find fault with it. Hanks is excellent in a role that clearly calls for him to suppress his natural slant toward humor. He is Paul Edgecomb; Tom Hanks is nowhere to be found. Yet he gives Edgecomb just the right flavor. One cannot find a single weak cast member! Michael Jeter should have got an Oscar. Michael Clark Duncan put just the right shading on his huge character to make him vulnerable and sympathetic.
Flawlessly shot on perfect period sets, the whole production binds together to bring the extraordinary story into the realm of a believable and compelling study of human injustice and charity.
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