Green Mile, The (1999, Tom Hanks)

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R 189 min - Fantasy, Drama, Crime - 10 December 1999
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After The Shawshank Redemption , director Frank Darabont stayed 'inside' for the Oscar-nominated The Green Mile , set in Death Row of a 30s Louisiana penitentiary. Taken from the book written by Stephen King that was famous for being issued in episodic segments, the title refers to the strip of lino leading from the condemned cell to the room holding the electric chair. Death Row is presided over by Paul Edgecomb (Tom Hanks), who believes in the quiet life for himself, his colleagues and his charges.

The poison in the pot comes from Percy Wetmore (Doug Hutchison), a relative of the governor who just wants to see a man electrocuted, but the real change comes in the shape of gentle man mountain John Coffey (Michael Clarke Duncan), convicted of the brutal murder of two little girls. But Coffey has a special skill: he can heal - "take things back", as he calls it - and he cures both Paul's infection and the warden wife's cancer. But as Percy and crazed prisoner Wild Bill Wharton (Sam Rockwell) upset the peace of The Green Mile, Paul begins to wonder just who it is he will be executing…

Nearly three hours in the telling, Darabont uses the luxury of length to establish then expand both the characters and the plot, gently showing how Coffey's gift is spiritual rather than supernatural. Hanks' outstanding performance underpins the film but the whole cast breathe life into their characters in a satisfying, almost Dickensian manner.


Director:  Frank Darabont
Producer:  David Valdes, Frank Darabont
Composer:  Thomas Newman
Director of Photography:  David Tattersall

Production Details


Release Date:  10 December 1999

Running Time:  3 h 09 min

Genres: Fantasy, Drama, Crime

Language:  French, English

Tagline: Miracles do happen.

Budget and Box Office takings where known

Budget:  $60,000,000
Revenue:  $284,600,000