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.
(at around 3 mins) The music played over the loudspeakers in the retirement home as Old Paul Edgecomb first walks out of his room is the same as the music the nurses played at medication time in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975). The music used is Mantovani's "Charmaine".
Brutus "Brutal" Howell:
Paul Edgecomb: Can't be bigger than you!
(at around 2h) The guards are mixing a cup of RC Cola with some drug to knock Wild Bill out so they can take Coffey to the Warden's wife. Those bottles of Royal Crown Cola were not used in 1934 or 5, the time the movie takes place in, but were 1950s bottles. The earliest painted RC pop bottles has pyramids and a copyright date of 1936 on the label, and prior to that were likely plain, embossed glass bottles.
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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