The executions of Eduard Delacroix and John Coffey both have real-world parallels. A Florida man named Jessie Tafero was executed, but an artificial sponge was used, rather than a natural one, and his head burst into flame. It has been argued that the cause was not the sponge, but a loose electrode. Pedro Medina, also from Florida, also burst into flame, also attributed to a malfunction. An autopsy revealed that he died instantly, before catching fire. George Stinney, an African-American youth, was the youngest person ever executed, at age 14. He reportedly confessed to a double murder in exchange for a bowl of ice cream. His conviction was posthumously overturned for lack of evidence. See more »
(at around 2h) Wild Bill shown laying on a mattress on the floor, after he tore up his cell, from which he gets up to request a drink of soda. After he is given the soda, he sits down on his bed which has a mattress. Shortly thereafter, he is again shown passing out on his bed. See more »
[after John Coffey helps Mrs. Moores]
Well? What about Mrs. Moores? Was it like the mouse?
[no one answers him]
Was it a m-m... you know... a miracle?
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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 »
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 »
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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