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The Green Mile (1999)

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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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Walk a mile you'll never forget. See more »


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$60,000,000 (estimated)

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£83,473 (UK) (25 February 2000)

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AUD 7,730,847 (Australia) (15 December 2000)
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Stephen King's original novel 'The Green Mile' was published in 100-page paperback installments between March and August of 1996. He had begun developing the story while writing Desperation, and needed to finish that novel but still wanted to see where his death row story would go. Ralph Vicinanza, a friend of King's who sells foreign publication rights, had recently had a discussion with another friend in England about Charles Dickens, in which he learned that Dickens often published his novels in installments in newspapers and magazines, and it had been suggested that, in the U.S., someone like Stephen King could try writing a book that way. Vicinanza was under the impression that no recent novels had been written this way. He was in fact mistaken. Tom Wolfe had published his first draft of The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990) in installments in Rolling Stone. Both that novel and this one were turned into films starring Tom Hanks. This also ended up not being Stephen King's only story published in installments: his Dark Tower series spanned seven full-length books, published over the course of 22 years, from 1982 until 2004. See more »

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Although Scotch tape was invented in the 1930s, it had a yellowish tint and would never have been used over a person's mouth. It did not have the adhesion of modern-day packing tape and would immediately come off from saliva. Rather, they would have used white cloth adhesive bandages that came on a metal spool that fit in a steel sleeve. Even early Johnson & Johnson Band-Aids were cloth with a sticky, white adhesive that would remain when removed. Clear packing tape was not widely introduced until the 1980s. Even the packing tape used in the 1970s, made of the same plastic, was brown. See more »

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Amazing and captivating rendition of the novel.
31 January 2000 | by (Fresno, CA USA) – See all my reviews

The length of the movie was perfect. It kept to the story to an amazing degree. The few changes didn't hurt the feeling nor the telling. The story itself is stirring and captivating. The casting of the parts and their portrayal were right on. This is one of the best movie versions of a Steven King novel I've ever seen, and I think I've seen them all. If you're prone to tears at a film, take extra tissues, you'll need them. The theater I was in was a mass of sniffles through the end credits. If you like fantasy/drama the film cannot be missed. There are some graphic scenes that may upset some, but this is Steven King. This is a movie I plan to add to my video collection as soon as the Letter Box version hits the shelves.


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