The Green Mile

December 10th, 1999


The Green Mile

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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.

Release Year: 1999

Rating: 8.4/10 (291,988 voted)

Critic's Score: 61/100

Director: Frank Darabont

Stars: Tom Hanks, Michael Clarke Duncan, David Morse

Death Row guards at a penitentiary, in the 1930's, have a moral dilemma with their job when they discover one of their prisoners, a convicted murderer, has a special gift.

Writers: Stephen King, Frank Darabont

Tom Hanks - Paul Edgecomb
Michael Clarke Duncan - John Coffey
David Morse - Brutus 'Brutal' Howell
Bonnie Hunt - Jan Edgecomb
James Cromwell - Warden Hal Moores
Michael Jeter - Eduard Delacroix
Graham Greene - Arlen Bitterbuck
Doug Hutchison - Percy Wetmore
Sam Rockwell - 'Wild Bill' Wharton
Barry Pepper - Dean Stanton
Jeffrey DeMunn - Harry Terwilliger
Patricia Clarkson - Melinda Moores
Harry Dean Stanton - Toot-Toot
Dabbs Greer - Old Paul Edgecomb
Eve Brent - Elaine Connelly

Taglines: Paul Edgecomb didn't believe in miracles. Until the day he met one.


Official Website: official site |

Release Date: 10 December 1999

Filming Locations: Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $18,017,152 (USA) (12 December 1999) (2875 Screens)

Gross: $136,801,374 (USA) (14 May 2000)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

According to one of one of the featurettes on the DVD, Stephen King called this the film single most faithful adaptation of his work.

Anachronisms: Popular 40s/50s vocalist Eddy Howard is featured on three soundtrack songs, all recorded 4 October 1940 (five years after the movie's setting), with a small jazz band which featured pianist Teddy Wilson.

John Coffey: Poor old Del.
Paul Edgecomb: Yeah. Poor old Del. John, you okay...?
John Coffey: I could feel it from here.
Paul Edgecomb: What do you mean? You could hear it. Is that what you mean? You could hear it.
John Coffey: He out of it now, though. He the lucky one. No matter how it happened, Del the lucky one.
Paul Edgecomb: Where's Mr. Jingles?
John Coffey: He run away under that door. Don't think he'll be back. He felt it too, through me. Didn't mean to hurt him none. All that hurt just spill out. Awful tired now, boss. Dog-tired.
Paul Edgecomb: Me too, John. Me too.

User Review

Film was invented for creations like this.

Rating: 10/10

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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