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 that saw the film as a racial allegory by saying the only reason he made John Coffee a black man was that, given the time, place and setting of the novel and the crime for which Coffee was convicted, it was the only way to ... ...
Wild Bill Wharton:
You can come in here on you legs, but you'll go out on you backs. Billy the kid gon' guarantee you that.
(at around 58 mins) On the desk in "E-Block" at Cold Mountain, there is a small black clock. It is next to the telephone, and faces the wall behind the desk. When Wild Bill is brought into the cell block and the brawl ensues, the clock is knocked off of the desk. This action shows the clock clearly, and it is a Westclox Big Ben "Style 5". The Style 5 was designed by Henry Dreyfuss and introduced in 1939. Production continued until 1949. Since the movie takes place in 1935, that particular model of clock should not be there (especially given how worn it looks).
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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