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.
Men under strain can snap; hurt themselves, hurt others. That's why our job is talking, not yelling. You'll do better to think of this place like an intensive care ward in a hospital.
Percy Wetmore: I think of it as a bucket of piss to drown rats in! That's all! ...
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.
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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