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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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This is a story about a miracle where I work... The Green Mile. 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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Harry Dean Stanton appears in the film. There is a character named Harry, and another named Dean Stanton. This is merely a happy coincidence since the characters' names existed in the book long before Harry Dean Stanton was cast in the movie. See more »

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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 »

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Paul Edgecomb: [Dean is in tears as he kneels to strap John Coffey to the electric chair] Wipe your face before you get up, Dean.
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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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