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.
Stephen King responded to criticism (both pro and con) that read the film as a racial allegory by claiming the only reason why he made John Coffey a black man was to leave no doubt that he would have been sentenced to death given the time and place.
Wipe your face before you get up, Dean.
Wild Bill shown laying on a mattress on the floor, after he tore up his cell, from which he gets up to request a drink of soda. After he is given the soda, he sits down on his bed which has a mattress. Shortly thereafter, he is again shown passing out on his bed.
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) (10 December 1999)
$136,801,374 (USA) (12 May 2000)
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