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on February 3, 2017
Abject cruelty and the rarest compassion coexist on death row in this Louisiana prison in 1935. Paul Edgecomb (Tom Hanks), head guard, exhibits the latter. The green mile refers to the final walk of inmates to their deaths along a green corridor. A marvelous huge man and recently arrived prisoner is John Coffey (Michael Clarke Duncan), convicted in the rapes and murders of 2 young girls. Coffey keeps urging guard Edgecomb, who is suffering excruciating pain from what is likely kidney stones, to go to him. Finally he succumbs, and is stunned as he watches the huge hand of Coffey reach through his bars and firmly grasp his genitals. Then comes a great gyration and explosions of light. Coffey doubles over, ostensibly extricating the pain from Paul and taking it into himself, until a wild collection of bits of matter explode from Coffey's mouth, signaling the release of the vicarious pain. And then Coffey is spent and collapses in exhaustion. What results from this amazing gift, you will see. The bond that forms between these 2 and the mutually supportive dynamics are moving. The paradox of this supposedly cruelest of men as a symbol of the most exquisite empathy is breathtaking. This is a casting phenomenon -- such exceptional acting everywhere! The directing and writing by Frank Darabont, adapted from Stephen King's novel are so worthy. Cinematography, editing, artistic and special effects,all filmmaking disciplines are extraordinary and in perfect sync. It's a film for the ages, a must see!
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on June 25, 2016
A beautiful story about hope and love and forgiveness. This is a very heartwarming story that sucks you in the entire time. An innocent man who has the mind of a child is on death row for a murder he did not commit. But throughout the time he awaits execution he has nothing but simple love for all he is in contact with. He has a special gift of healing that hurts himself whenever he uses it. But he selflessly heals others--the same people who are to put him to death (Not their desire..just their "job"). I would encourage anyone to watch this story. This is Stephen King at one of his finest.
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on February 3, 2016
This movie, based on Stephen King's book by the same name, is wonderful and moving at the same time. Tom Hanks stars as Paul Edgecomb (the main protagonist in the book) who is a prison guard overseeing the staff that serves the prison's death-row inmates. As in the book, the death-row inmates that Paul Edgecomb and his staff come into contact with are colorful characters - especially John Coffey (played by the late Michael Clarke Duncan) - who was wrongly accused and convicted of murdering two girls. The innocence of John Coffey presents Paul (and his fellow guards) with a conundrum as Coffey's execution date approaches, and the more that Paul gets to know him, the more he sees that John is not like any other human being, but almost angelic with a power to heal ("help") others.

The movie has the mysterious and supernatural elements that you would expect in a Stephen King movie, as well as some of the difficult emotional elements. Overall, the movie is a good one, but don't expect to have dry eyes by the end of it.
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on January 12, 2001
Writer-director Frank Darabont adapts Stephen King's story for the screen, choosing to let the characters and plot gently unfold at a leisurely pace ... thus creating a splendid example of visual story-telling. Tom Hanks, as the tale's narrator, once again demonstrates his incredible generosity as an actor; although his is the leading role, he delivers a superb ensemble performance that never overwhelms his co-stars. It's nice to see him reunited with Gary Sinise ("Forrest Gump") and Barry Pepper ("Saving Private Ryan"), and his scenes with the wonderful Michael Clarke Duncan give the movie its emotional heart. Great work is also turned in by Michael Jeter as the sympathetic Del, Doug Hutchison as a wormy guard, and Patricia Clarkson as the woman who receives a miracle. It's also nice to see veteran players Dabbs Greer and Eve Brent (she played Jane to Gordon Scott's Tarzan in the 1950's) given a chance to shine in the roles of the aged Hanks and his nursing home romance. Worth seeing for the performances alone, the film also offers a wonderful blend of drama, mystery, and fantasy; some striking sets; and is beautifully photographed.
The DVD is a real treat. The film to video transfer cannot be faulted; picture and sound are both sharp and clear. And there are some great bonus features, including the theatrical trailer and a short production documentary (make sure you watch this all the way to end -- past the credits -- or you'll miss a great comedic payoff). "The Green Mile" is solid gold, and this is one DVD that deserves a space in your home theatre library.
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on March 10, 2017
Working on death row, the green mile (because the floor is green), is manned by Tom Hanks and several other man as guards. The place is supposed to be mellow to keep the inmates calm. John Coffey, a very large black man is a new inmate with special powers (which you'll find out) and Dell has a trained mouse named Mr. Jingles who is present throughout the movie. It's a great movie and I hear that it was written. Y Stephen King.
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on November 11, 2012
"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.The Green Mile
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on December 20, 2012
I found this movie very captivating and heart warming. It makes you wish there were really people like that in the world to take away the bad.
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on March 19, 2017
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on March 11, 2017
Great movie
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on March 26, 2017
Great film.
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