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The Green Mile (1999)

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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.

Director:

Frank Darabont

Writers:

Stephen King (novel), Frank Darabont (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Hanks ... Paul Edgecomb
David Morse ... Brutus 'Brutal' Howell
Bonnie Hunt ... Jan Edgecomb
Michael Clarke Duncan ... John Coffey
James Cromwell ... Warden Hal Moores
Michael Jeter ... Eduard Delacroix
Graham Greene ... Arlen Bitterbuck
Doug Hutchison ... Percy Wetmore
Sam Rockwell ... 'Wild Bill' Wharton
Barry Pepper ... Dean Stanton
Jeffrey DeMunn ... Harry Terwilliger
Patricia Clarkson ... Melinda Moores
Harry Dean Stanton ... Toot-Toot
Dabbs Greer ... Old Paul Edgecomb
Eve Brent ... Elaine Connelly
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Storyline

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

Taglines:

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


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, language and some sex-related material | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Official Facebook | official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

10 December 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Stephen King's The Green Mile See more »

Filming Locations:

Tennessee, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,017,152, 12 December 1999, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$136,801,374

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$286,801,374
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

According to director Frank Darabont, Doug Hutchison (Percy) was given the squeakiest shoes he had ever heard. He thought this was the greatest bit of fate, and a "perfectly wonderful, annoying character trait" that he kept it in the movie, and you can hear sometimes how loud his shoes are. See more »

Goofs

Although the voltage used for electric chair executions (2450 volts) would not be high enough to cause a current flow through an unsoaked sponge properly, it will just act as a resistor and limit the amount of current passing through at a time. That is why the electrocution took way longer than the required 15 - 30 seconds. The primary cause of death for Del was not via electrocution (brain death or organ failure) but through severe burns when the resistors overheat and caught fire. See more »

Quotes

Paul Edgecomb: A big man is ripping your ears off Percy. I'd do as he says.
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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 unusual and it was considered for a trademark of director Frank Darabont. See more »

Alternate Versions

The documentary "Walking the Mile" (which is included on the DVD) features the making of a scene, where Edgecomb and his wife are in a church. That scene is not in the final film. The church is probably the one mentioned by Hanks character when he says to Melinda that "we missed you in church". See more »

Connections

Referenced in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #7.77 (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

I Can't Give You Anything But Love
Written by Jimmy McHugh and Dorothy Fields
Performed by Billie Holiday
Courtesy of Columbia Records by arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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True to the book, which is odd for a movie.
15 December 1999 | by Matt-231See 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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