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The Green Mile (1999)

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

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$136,801,374 (USA) (12 May 2000)
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Trivia

Three people who worked on The Shawshank Redemption (1994) worked on this film; Jeffrey DeMunn, William Sadler, and Frank Darabont. DeMunn played the D.A. in the beginning of the film, and Sadler played Heywood. Both movies are Stephen King adaptions. See more »

Goofs

When Eduard Delacroix is being executed, a lightbulb explodes on the mile (the one between the desk and William Wharton's cell). When Paul walks to John Coffey's cell afterwards, the bad bulb is hard to make out, but it is there. See more »

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[repeated line]
John Coffey: I tried to take it back... but it was too late.
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Crazy Credits

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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Referenced in A Night at the Movies: The Horrors of Stephen King (2011) See more »

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Star Dust
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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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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