A group of Death Row prison guards in 1935 are changed forever when
they meet a black man accused of murder who has the power to heal.
The Green Mile (1999)
Written and Directed by Frank Darabont
Starring Tom Hanks, Michael Clarke Duncan, David Morse,
Doug Hutchison, Barry Pepper, Jeffrey DeMunn, James Cromwell, Bonnie Hunt, Sam Rockwell, Michael Jeter, Patricia Clarkson,
Dabbs Greer, Graham Greene, Eve Brent
Based on the novel by Stephen King
Oscar Nominations - Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor
(Michael Clarke Duncan), Best Adapted Screenplay,
Best Sound Mixing
The Green Mile is an emotional journey of a film that engrosses you in the unforgettable story of a gift from God named John Coffey (Michael Clarke Duncan). Based on the novel by Stephen King, this film is often regarded as the most well-adapted of any of his stories, as it flawlessly translates his words from page to screen and still retains the raw emotion and overall tone of the story. The Green Mile is built by its strong performances, especially from the late Michael Clarke Duncan in the role that made his career.
The Green Mile is the story of how prison guard Paul Edgecomb (Tom Hanks) found his life changed forever when kindly, simple John Coffey arrives on Death Row, charged with the rape and murder of two young girls. Coffey is a gentle giant who couldn't hurt a fly, but by the time Paul learns of his innocence, there's nothing he can do to prevent his execution. Frank Darabont captured the relationship between Paul and John so perfectly, and his casting of both Hanks and Duncan could not have been better. Doug Hutchison surprised me in his turn as sadistic cretin Percy Wetmore. Though I knew he was a good actor, having seen him previously in The X-Files, I had no idea he could be so cruel and malicious. King has always impressed me with his memorable villains and Percy was no exception.
The Green Mile will always be recognized by me as one of the few movies to bring tears to my eyes. Though it does have a 3 hour and 9 minute run time, the film is so good that you barely realize it. This is one of those films that everyone should experience, as it deals with the morality of man and the importance of human decency, as well as the nature of God. This film shows its audience that God truly does work in mysterious ways and through John Coffey, the guards on Death Row learned the unwavering power of a miracle.