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.
The film flips the action of the first two installments of the novel. The first book, "The Two Dead Girls," begins with John Coffey arriving on the Mile, but at this point Arlen Bitterbuck has already been executed and Eduard Delacroix already has ... ...
William 'Wild Bill' Wharton:
I don't see why white man has to sit in a nigger electric chair. White man should have his own damn electric chair.
In the execution scenes, the victims of Old Sparky convulse as if in a severe seizure as the electricity is rolled through them, however, in real life, this would not and does not happen. The constant flow of electricity causes all of the victim's muscles in his/her body to contract until the electricity is stopped. Additionally, the kind of screaming heard would be impossible because of this, as the screaming heard is the kind made with a fully opened mouth, not a neutrally positioned jaw that would come as a result of the contraction of both the jaw opening and closing muscles produced by the electricity.
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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