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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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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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Tom Hanks stayed in character as Paul Edgecomb whenever Stephen King visited the set. King asked him if he'd like to sit in Old Sparky but Hanks refused since he's in charge of the block. See more »

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The clock in the execution room is a quartz clock. The quartz clock was invented in 1927 by Warren Morrison and was not even used in laboratories until the 1940s. So it is implausible that a quartz clock was used in a prison in 1935. See more »

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William 'Wild Bill' Wharton: [Percy, zombie-like, approaches Wild Bill] Boy, watchu lookin' at? Watchu lookin' at? You limp noodle. Ya wanna kiss my ass? Ya wanna suck my dick?
[the two stare at each other for a moment. Two tears fall from Percy's eyes before he pulls out his gun and shoots Wild Bill]
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Written and Recorded by Alan Lomax
Performed by B.B. and Group
Courtesy of Rounder Records by arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group
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True to the book, which is odd for a movie.
15 December 1999 | by See all my reviews

Having seen the movie, The Green Mile, and read the novel of the same name by Stephen King, I am glad to say that the movie stays true to the book, which in itself is a great read.

I read the book in one setting about a year ago, and after seeing the movie, I didn't see one scene from the book, or one plot point, left out. There were a few minor changes from the book but which in no way detract from either work.

As far as performances, I can imagine many people pointing to Michael Duncan as John Coffey or Tom Hanks as Paul Edgecomb as the best performances of the movie, and they are good, but I would hope that Michael Jeter would receive recognition for portraying Eduard Delacroix. He plays Delacroix exactly as I pictured him when I read the book.

I can very well see why King himself said this is his favorite of the movies adapted from his novels. It is the only one played out as he had written it.

I wouldn't compare this movie or the book to (Rita Hayworth and) The Shawshank Redemption because that would be unfair to both. They are both great, but are both different. The Green Mile isn't a movie about hope and friendship, as The Shawshank Redemption was, it is a movie about a miracle of a man, and the people he affects.

But like The Shawshank Redemption, I give The Green Mile 4 out of 4 stars. Great story, great cast, great look.


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