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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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10 February 2000 | uniikki
10
| A rare gem of casting and direction.
Frank Darabont returns to the directors chair with another adaptation of Stephen Kings novel. The events take place at a death row, the guards call the green mile. The story is a layered, rather character-driven fantasy tale of the events that transpire at "the mile" after the arrival of a giant man, John Coffey (Michael Duncan), convicted of the murder of two small girls. Actually this is not one single story, but several tied together seamlessly.

A character-driven movie requires a lot from the cast, and fortunately when it comes to cast, The Green Mile delivers. As the poster of the movie tells, this movie stars Tom Hanks as Paul Edgecomb, senior prison guard of the mile, and as always he performs very well indeed. Yet the cast around him is even more spectacular, perhaps partially due to them being relatively unknown. With a face you know, one inevitably remembers previous performances, and the new role is coloured by this. Doug Hutchison as Percy Wetmore, a mean spirited prison guard was particularly impressive, yet his character could have been given more depth. The most captivating was the performance of Michael Duncan.

It is hard to find a flaw in this movie. The camerawork is superb, cast wonderful and direction flawless. The movie's considerable length, a bit over three hours, is something that had me worried. Yet the marvellous cast and the peaceful yet firm pace of the movie held my attention progressively through the three hours right to the touching culmination. Many will find this movie to be too long, but I for one was delighted of the style, combination of simplicity of events and depth of characters and conversation.

All in all the The Green Mile is a very touching drama, with the joys and sorrows of the life pictured with great skill, if not the best movie of the year. Five out of five.

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Trivia

Tom Hanks treated the entire crew to a meal every Friday night on set.


Quotes

Hal: It's a tumor, Paul. A brain tumor.
Hal: They got X-ray pictures of it. The size of a lemon, they said... way deep down inside where they can't operate.
Hal: I haven't told her. I can't think of how.
Hal: For the life of me, Paul, I can't think of how to tell my ...


Goofs

(at around 1h 2 mins) When Paul Edgecomb approaches John Coffey's cell after getting kicked in the groin, John Coffey asks him to come closer to the bars. When Eduard Delacroix warns Paul that he's not supposed to do that, Paul replies, "Mind your business, Del." But if you watch Tom Hanks' lips, he actually says "Mind your own business, Del."


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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I Can't Give You Anything But Love
Written by
Jimmy McHugh and Dorothy Fields
Performed by Billie Holiday
Courtesy of Columbia Records by arrangement with Sony Music Licensing

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Crime | Drama | Fantasy | Mystery

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