From award-winning writer-director Frank Darabont (The ShawshankRedemption) and best-selling author Stephen King's novel comes the storyof a man who didn't believe in miracles.Multiple Academy Award winner Tom Hanks leads a dynamic cast in a taleabout life, death and the wonders of the human spirit, The Green Mile.Death row head guard Paul Edgecomb (Hanks--Forrest Gump, Philadelphia)has walked many inmates down the stretch of green linoleum that leads toLouisiana's electric chair. But never has he encountered anyone likeJohn Coffey (Michael Clarke Duncan--Armageddon), a massive black manconvicted of brutally killing two little white girls. When pain cripplesEdgecomb, Coffey reaches from behind bars to lay healing hands on thestricken guard and rid him of the infection that racks his body.]]>
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
An emotional roller coaster. Most Highly Reccomended.
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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Putting ordinary people in extraordinary situations; that's Stephen King's bread and butter. This film is perhaps the greatest cinematic interpretation of King's work so far (with... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Michael L.
I adore this movie. Every little bit of it is a masterpiece. It is an emotional ride.Published 3 days ago by Larry's Pub
I love this movie! I thought there would be a lot of cut scenes, but most of what you see on TV is pretty much of what is on the DVD, except some cursing and one particular scene... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Beth S.
I am not an avid movie watcher, but I happened to see this movie at the cinema, and I have never, I mean never, been so completely glued to my seat as I was during this film. Read morePublished 4 days ago by PamelaKinniard
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