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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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Paul Edgecomb didn't believe in miracles. Until the day he met one. See more »


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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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More than 30 works of Stephen King have been adapted for movies, but this is the only one to have broken the $100 million mark at the North American box office (as of November 2007). See more »

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In the execution scenes, the victims of Old Sparky convulse as if in a severe seizure as the electricity is rolled through them, however, in real life, this would not and does not happen. The constant flow of electricity causes all of the victim's muscles in his/her body to contract until the electricity is stopped. Additionally, the kind of screaming heard would be impossible because of this, as the screaming heard is the kind made with a fully opened mouth, not a neutrally positioned jaw that would come as a result of the contraction of both the jaw opening and closing muscles produced by the electricity. See more »

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Percy Wetmore: [while tapping Arlen's burned face after being electrocuted] Adios, Chief! Drop us a card from Hell, let us know if it's hot enough...
Brutus "Brutal" Howell: [Brutus grabs Percy's arm and pushes him away from Arlen's body] He's paid what he's owed; he's square with the house again, so keep your goddamn hands off him!
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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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