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The Green Mile
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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.
"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
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I fist saw it as a first run release. I had considered seeing it a second time, but that's not really me- to repeat a movie.
I heard about the passing of Michael Clark Duncan, "Big Mike".to fellow actors.
I then heard about Tom Hanks cracking up the members during the Memorial service for Big Mike.
I was reminded of both of them and the memorable performances in the Green Mile, and HAD to see it again!
Tom Hanks plays Paul Edgecomb the Warden in a penitentiary, who oversees the "Green Mile" on death row.
The character has a fairness worthy of the supreme court justices, as portrayed by Hanks, unusual for a "jail house movie"
however this is Stephen King, so its not going to be any typical Jail House flick!
Its the character played by Michael Clarke Duncan's character, John Coffey that should have spawned the Innocence project
back in the 1920s. Illiterate, quiet and afraid of the dark, you can see how he was presumed guilty by the circumstantial evidence surrounding a crime in that point of American history, southern locale, and cultural environment. Not to mention the unintelligible response given to the circumstance by Coffey. "I couldnt take it back"
Told in a first person narrative through Hanks character in old age, the story (without spoilers) was a pivotal point for
everyone working in the prison at the time. Coffey touched all of them, especially anyone he was close enough to physically "touch".
A side note, Michael Jeter also delivers an outstanding performance as "Delacoix"
If you shy away from the spookiness of Stephen King, dont! This is a heartwarming semi supernatural tale that's
suitable for all ages. Its an atypical feel good for King, written so well that you wont want to miss a minute without hitting "pause".
A :MUST SEE
(at least once).
It is totally NOT for children. But, for the grownups, it's a must see, in my opinion. A true classic.