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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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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Miracles happen in the most unexpected places. See more »


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

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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

(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 »

Quotes

Dean Stanton: [after John Coffey helps Mrs. Moores] Well? What about Mrs. Moores? Was it like the mouse?
[no one answers him]
Dean Stanton: Was it a m-m... you know... a miracle?
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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 »


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Old Fashioned Love
Written by James P. Johnson and Cecil Mack
Performed by Eddy Howard
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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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

Gross USA:

$136,801,374

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$286,801,374
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