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

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Stephen King's The Green Mile  »

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$60,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$136,801,374 (USA) (12 May 2000)
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Trivia

The reason Stephen King serialized The Green Mile was because it was a deliberate response to fans who flipped to the end of his books, something his mother used to do. The fans would have to wait for the last installment to find out the ending. King wrote each one with its own miniature climax, but even he admitted he didn't have a clue how the story would end. See more »

Goofs

Percy shoots WIld Bill firing all six cartridges of his revolver. When they subdue Percy after shooting Wild Bill, Stanton grabs his gun and ejects the spent cartridges on the floor. When the camera pans above Percy and the bad spirits leave his mouth, unfired cartridges are seen on the floor above his head. See more »

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John Coffey: [after being locked inside his prison cell, he looks up at Paul] I couldn't help it, Boss. I tried to take it back... but it was too late.
[Paul glances at John Coffey for a second and walks away]
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Crazy Credits

There are no opening credits after the title has been shown, followed by the opening scene for place of film. Although it is now commonplace for films to not have opening credits, in 1999 it was somewhat rather unusually and it was considered for a trademark of director Frank Darabont. See more »

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Referenced in The Mentalist: The Red Mile (2011) See more »

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Old Fashioned Love
Written by James P. Johnson and Cecil Mack
Performed by Eddy Howard
Courtesy of Columbia Records by arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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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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