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The Green Mile (1999)

R   |    |  Crime, Drama, Fantasy


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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.

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9 January 2000 | alan photog
10
| Film was invented for creations like this.
The Green Mile is a masterwork. This is film as art, at it's very best. The depth of the cast is extraordinary, with all of the players delivering excellent performances. There is a clear sense here that all involved in the production knew that this was something special, and gave it their all. See this film if you truly enjoy actors giving everything to their craft. Watch for the countless subtleties of expression, and the great power that the cast creates with silence. This is evident in the opening sequence and remains throughout. Above all, Michael Duncan as John Coffey is exceptional. He brings gripping emotion to a unique, fascinating character.

The Green Mile should bring you joy, laughter, and if you are like most in the theater this night, tears.

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Trivia

The film cast includes two Oscar winners (Tom Hanks and Sam Rockwell) and five Oscar nominees (Michael Clarke Duncan, James Cromwell, Patricia Clarkson, Gary Sinise and Graham Greene)


Quotes

Paul Edgecomb: We all know who your connections are, Percy. You ever threaten a man on this block again we're all gonna have a go. The job be damned.
Percy Wetmore: You done?
Paul Edgecomb: Get all this shit back in the restraining room; you are cluttering up my mile!


Goofs

While racism is shown and implied and even though the guards were not likely college-educated men, there is virtually no racist speech used in the film. Considering that this was 1930s Louisiana, this does not seem to be possible.


Crazy Credits

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 unusual and it was considered for a trademark of director Frank Darabont.


Alternate Versions

The documentary "Walking the Mile" (which is included on the DVD) features the making of a scene, where Edgecomb and his wife are in a church. That scene is not in the final film. The church is probably the one mentioned by Hanks character when he says to Melinda that "we missed you in church".


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Old Fashioned Love
Written by
James P. Johnson and Cecil Mack
Performed by Eddy Howard
Courtesy of Columbia Records by arrangement with Sony Music Licensing

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Crime | Drama | Fantasy | Mystery

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