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The Green Mile (1999)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Fantasy  |  10 December 1999 (USA)
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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.



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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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Paul Edgecomb didn't believe in miracles. Until the day he met one. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

10 December 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Stephen King's The Green Mile  »

Box Office


$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$18,017,152 (USA) (10 December 1999)


AUD 7,730,847 (Australia) (15 December 2000)

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Did You Know?


Dabbs Greer made a guest appearance on The Incredible Hulk, while Harry Dean Stanton appeared in The Avengers (2012), which also featured Hulk as a character. See more »


After John Coffey finishes putting the tumor into Percy, Percy drops his baton onto the floor and no one picks it up. When he's walking toward Wild Bill's cell, the baton is hanging from a string wrapped around Percy's wrist. See more »


John Coffey: I'm smellin' me some cornbread.
Paul Edgecomb: It's from my mises. She wanted to thank you.
John Coffey: Thank me for what?
Paul Edgecomb: Well, you know...
Paul Edgecomb: For a helping me.
John Coffey: Helping you with what?
Paul Edgecomb: You know.
[Paul points to his groin]
John Coffey: [John smiles] Ohh. Was your misses pleased?
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Referenced in Community: Biology 101 (2011) See more »


Written by Lew Pollack and Erno Rapee
Performed by Mantovani
Courtesy of LaserLight Digital and San Juan Music Group by arrangement with Source/Q
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A one of a kind classic
17 June 2001 | by (Philadelphia, PA) – See all my reviews

This movie is a real gem. It is hard to find fault with it. Hanks is excellent in a role that clearly calls for him to suppress his natural slant toward humor. He is Paul Edgecomb; Tom Hanks is nowhere to be found. Yet he gives Edgecomb just the right flavor. One cannot find a single weak cast member! Michael Jeter should have got an Oscar. Michael Clark Duncan put just the right shading on his huge character to make him vulnerable and sympathetic.

Flawlessly shot on perfect period sets, the whole production binds together to bring the extraordinary story into the realm of a believable and compelling study of human injustice and charity.

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