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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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Top Rated Movies #28 | Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 15 wins & 33 nominations. See more awards »

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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

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Miracles happen in the most unexpected places. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Stephen King responded to criticism that saw the film as a racial allegory by saying the only reason he made John Coffey a black man was that, given the time, place and setting of the novel and the crime for which Coffey was convicted, it was the only way to leave no doubt that he would have been sentenced to death. See more »

Goofs

(at around 25 mins) It is highly unlikely that a radio station in 1930's Louisiana would give airplay to a Billie Holiday record. See more »

Quotes

Paul Edgecomb: [to Percy] Seeing a man die isn't enough for you, you gotta be close enough to smell his nuts cook?
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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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Soundtracks

Three Little Words
Written by Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby
Performed by Duke Ellington
Courtesy of The RCA Records Label of BMG Entertainment
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Rest in Peace Michael Clarke Duncan
5 September 2012 | by epluribusunum2010See all my reviews

There's a reason why this Oscar winning tour de force is #67 ranked of all films on IMDb, despite the fact that it's 3 hours long and has some truly grisly scenes (not for the squeamish, children, or a first date.)

It's chock full of outstanding performances, not only from Hanks, but also from the many supporting characters, all who are rich and full. It will seem slow to the impatient, but will be richly rewarding for those with the stamina to make it to the end.

It will certainly get you thinking about capital punishment and perhaps different shades/degrees of evil. It is either a deeply moving spiritual tale or a wonderfully creepy journey down the rabbit hole of Stephen King's mind; take your pick. Either way, I put it right up there on my desert island list with the likes of Shawshank Redemption. It is definitely required watching.


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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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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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