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The Green Mile (1999)

Tom Hanks , David Morse , Frank Darabont  |  R |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (933 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Tom Hanks, David Morse, Michael Clarke Duncan, James Cromwell, Bonnie Hunt
  • Directors: Frank Darabont
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 13, 2000
  • Run Time: 189 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (933 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00003CWQU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,271 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Green Mile" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Behind-the-Scenes Documentary Walking the Mile

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"The book was better" has been the complaint of many a reader since the invention of movies. Frank Darabont's second adaptation of a Stephen King prison drama (The Shawshank Redemption was the first) is a very faithful adaptation of King's serial novel. In the middle of the Depression, Paul Edgecomb (Tom Hanks) runs death row at Cold Mountain Penitentiary. Into this dreary world walks a mammoth prisoner, John Coffey (Michael Duncan) who, very slowly, reveals a special gift that will change the men working and dying (in the electric chair, masterfully and grippingly staged) on the mile . As with King's book, Darabont takes plenty of time to show us Edgecomb's world before delving into John Coffey's mystery. With Darabont's superior storytelling abilities, his touch for perfect casting, and a leisurely 188-minute running time, his movie brings to life nearly every character and scene from the novel. Darabont even improves the novel's two endings, creating a more emotionally satisfying experience. The running time may try patience, but those who want a story, as opposed to quick-fix entertainment, will be rewarded by this finely tailored tale. --Doug Thomas

Product Description

Oscar nomimated best picure adaptation of a Stephen King novel about a gentle giant of a prisoner with supernatural powers, who brings a sense of spirit and humanity to his guards and fellow inmates. Oscar award winning actor Tom Hanks heads the cast in this emotionally riveting story.

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120 of 130 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A testament to humanity and a fine story October 12, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Starring Tom Hanks as a death-row prison guard in 1935, and written by Stephen King, this is an example of story-telling at its finest. My most frequent criticism of films is that they tend to be overlong, but The Green Mile, at a three full hours, needed every precious second in order to pace the story, develop its characters, and lead the viewer into the satisfying conclusion.
Despite some gruesome scenes depicting the details of electric chair execution, the film is a testament to the humanity of people. The audience gets to experience the stress of the responsibility of prison guards seeking to bring a bit of dignity to the last days of the convicted men, and we share their moral dilemma when they are faced with hard choices.
Michael Clarke Duncan, cast as the simple and honest black man sentenced to die for supposedly killing two little girls, is absolutely superb and was nominated for an academy award for his outstanding performance. He's 43 years old, 6'5" tall and a former ditch digger and bodyguard. He has the rare quality to be able to show emotion in a way that makes the audience understand the complexities of his character.
Tom Hanks, of course, is excellent, giving us the kind of fine performance we have come to expect of him. And the rest of the cast, including Michael Jeter as the villain, and David Morse as a fellow prison guard are perfect. There is also a small cameo role for Gary Sinese as the Louisiana prosecutor who believes in the guilt of the supposed killer.
Directed by Frank Darabont who also shared the scripting of this film with Stephen King, every scene is constructed with just the right amount of tension to keep the viewer glued to the screen. There was not one wasted moment.
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38 of 43 people found the following review helpful
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I had heard that The Green Mile was a good movie, so I decided to go to the theater one night to see it. Even though the movie was long (over 3 hours) I was kept captivated and enjoyed it the whole time.
The story centers on the connection between a prison guard played by Tom Hanks and a death row inmate played by Michael Clarke Duncan. They develop a unique relationship based upon a special 'talent' of Duncan. In a way, the story introduces the supernatural and religion from an interesting perspective that strengthens the connection between the characters and the viewer. It would take a while to describe all of the significant events in the movie, but they all contribute to character development of not only the two main characters, but the others as well (i.e. the other prison guards and inmates).
The movie is based on the Stephen King serial novel of the same name, which I have not yet had the opportunity to read. It is an interesting tale that will make you think about what counts in life, how you treat others, and the distinction between good and evil.
The Green Mile is one of the few movies (another is Schindler's List) which makes good use of 3 hours and doesn't include any extended dull periods. It is touching to the heart and even though I didn't cry, I felt moved by the story. I recommend this to you if you like good stories with interesting characters.
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40 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Green Mile April 25, 2000
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Format:DVD
I went to see this movie in the cinema a few months ago, not sure on what type of movie this was going to be but for the first 40 minutes it was a standard prison drama. Around now it takes an interesting twist and S Kings influence is obvious and from now on it takes you on a high low emotional ride which even for me left me and all of the rest of the people in the cinema silent at the end. Great movie, the best of Kings films yet!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding in every respect August 3, 2006
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Frank Darabont's second film since The Shawshank Redemption, another adaptation from a Stephen King story, The Green Mile is concerned with good and evil, hope and resilience against unspeakable odds and the power of the human heart. This is an intense film, finding myself emotionally drained as the last credits rolled, though unmistakably open to the fact that miracles, in one form or another, can an do occur.

Although The Green Mile refers to the lime green linoleum floor in a death-row cellblock, this is not just another prison story but a sensitive supernatural thriller designed to move the human spirit. John Coffey, an African American giant, has been accused and found guilty of a terrible crime - the rape and murder of two young girls. Coffey is found holding the two dead girls in his arms, crying and wailing that he "can't take it back." He arrives at Cold Mountain Penitentiary in chains to await his execution by electric chair. As the film progresses, we discover that the giant, John Coffey has a special gift, and wonder how such a gentle man with a miracle gift can be a child killer.

Tom Hanks performance as the head guard, Paul Edgecomb, is subtle and moving, as he begins to realize his own sense of spirit and humanity. We see this humanity in action when he and the other guards risk their jobs to sneak John Coffey out of death row to help a friend in dire need. The scenes that follow are extraordinary as we witness the power of Coffey and the miraculous transformation of the Warden's wife.

Aside from Hanks and Michael Clarke Duncan's (John Coffey) outstanding performances, the field mouse, Mr. Jingles, stole the show in his many scenes, outsmarting everyone with his tricks and incredible disappearing acts throughout the film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved the movie-it was true to the book.
I had ordered this after reading the books. It was very true to the book and the casting was spot on.Especially the gentleman that played Coffey. Read more
Published 8 minutes ago by marilyn a noesges
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Prison Movie
If you like prison movies you will love this one, great actors that play there parts well. Also it's a little touching has some sad moments that will touch your heart.
Published 1 day ago by JP
5.0 out of 5 stars very love this movie watch it every other day
big black dude is my favorite they all my favorite I can watch this show all of the time and time
Published 5 days ago by Amy Hubbell
4.0 out of 5 stars the green mile
this is a good movie it was a while to wach and time consuming but the actors were good also
Published 15 days ago by LISA
5.0 out of 5 stars a superb movie
For those who have never seen the Green Mile (Its been around since the late 80's) I suggest you give it a try. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Dr. Steven R. Bennett
5.0 out of 5 stars SOLID BLU RAY FOR A GREAT FILM!
One of the most engrossing and beautifully crafted films I've ever seen. The Green Mile is one of the best adaptions of a Stephen King novel to date. Read more
Published 18 days ago by DR SHOCK
5.0 out of 5 stars must see
wonderful movie! very emotional and moving, i loved this and am considering adding it to my permanent collection very soon
Published 21 days ago by Heather
5.0 out of 5 stars This is my favorite Tom Hanks movie
This is my favorite Tom Hanks movie.I watch it probably about every 18 months. Good acting. Good story. Follows the book very well. Stephen King needs to write more of these.
Published 24 days ago by Robert C. Phillips
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
One of my favorite movies. Tom hanks is great in this movie. This is a faithful adaptation of the Stephen king book.
Published 25 days ago by james
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a movie that has been on my list for a while ...
...so I finally watched it recently. I would have not been pleased with this one in a movie theater ... 3+ hours and it was so heavy for me I had to take breaks .... Read more
Published 25 days ago by Jen Ann Brautigam
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