R | | Crime, Drama, Fantasy
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.
According to one of the featurettes on the DVD, Stephen King called this film the single most faithful adaptation of his work.
Seeing a man die isn't enough for you, you gotta be close enough to smell his nuts cook?
The homes shown in the film are fairly large for men working a state government job in the 1930s. While the warden's home would likely be a benefit from working at the prison, the rest of the homes were much larger than homes that would be owned today by people earning far larger amounts of money working for the prison system.
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.
$18,017,152 (USA) (12 December 1999)
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