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 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)
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!
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.
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.
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".
$18,017,152 (USA) (12 December 1999)
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