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The Green Mile (1999)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Fantasy  |  10 December 1999 (USA)
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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)


AUD 7,730,847 (Australia) (15 December 2000)

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Did You Know?


The name for the character John Coffey was lifted from a college professor, Rev. John Coffee. Stephen King had met him once and really liked his name and used it in "The Green Mile". Reverend Coffee taught history classes at Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts. He retired in May 2005. See more »


It is highly unlikely that a radio station in 1930's Louisiana would give airplay to a Billie Holiday record. See more »


Paul Edgecomb: The man is mean, careless, and stupid. Bad combination in a place like this.
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Referenced in Hinter Gittern - Der Frauenknast: Schuld der Eltern? (2003) See more »


Old Fashioned Love
Written by James P. Johnson and Cecil Mack
Performed by Eddy Howard
Courtesy of Columbia Records by arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Mesmerizing & Thought Provoking
17 January 2000 | by (Chicago, IL) – See all my reviews

Without using all the old cliches, I would recommend this movie to anyone interested in a creative, intriguing, and life enhancing experience. Everything about this movie was delightful. I recommend seeing this movie with someone especially close to you. After the movie my Fiancée and I spent two hours talking and expanding on the films ideas and concepts. This was truly a electrifying experience. I would venture to call this movie one of the best movies of all time. Sure, there are things that I would have liked to see done differently, but that is what makes a movie more enjoyable. The discussions following this film were wonderful.

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