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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


This is a story about a miracle where I work... The Green Mile. See more »

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 character of John Coffey was named for Emerson College faculty member and Professor Emeritus of History John M. Coffee Jr., who Stephen King was introduced to by a student. See more »


The voltage used for electric chair executions (2450 volts) would not be high enough to cause a current flow through an unsoaked sponge. Delacroix would be unharmed. See more »


John Coffey: Boss. Saw me a mouse go by.
Paul Edgecomb: Can't put anything over on you.
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Featured in 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (2013) See more »


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Written by Jimmy McHugh and Dorothy Fields
Performed by Billie Holiday
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Amazing and captivating rendition of the novel.
31 January 2000 | by (Fresno, CA USA) – See all my reviews

The length of the movie was perfect. It kept to the story to an amazing degree. The few changes didn't hurt the feeling nor the telling. The story itself is stirring and captivating. The casting of the parts and their portrayal were right on. This is one of the best movie versions of a Steven King novel I've ever seen, and I think I've seen them all. If you're prone to tears at a film, take extra tissues, you'll need them. The theater I was in was a mass of sniffles through the end credits. If you like fantasy/drama the film cannot be missed. There are some graphic scenes that may upset some, but this is Steven King. This is a movie I plan to add to my video collection as soon as the Letter Box version hits the shelves.

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