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The Green Mile (1999)

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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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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. Written by Guy Johns

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Walk a mile you'll never forget. See more »


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Rated R for violence, language and some sex-related material | See all certifications »

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Stephen King's The Green Mile  »

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$60,000,000 (estimated)

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$18,017,152 (USA) (10 December 1999)

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$136,801,374 (USA) (12 May 2000)
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Trivia

In actuality, Michael Clarke Duncan was of a similar height as his co-star David Morse, and was a couple of inches shorter than James Cromwell. Among other things, creative camera angles were used to create the illusion that Duncan, as John Coffey, towered over the prison staff, even "Brutal" Howell and Warden Moores. See more »

Goofs

Although the voltage used for electric chair executions (2450 volts) would not be high enough to cause a current flow through an unsoaked sponge properly, it will just act as a resistor and limit the amount of current passing through at a time. That is why the electrocution took way longer than the required 15 - 30 seconds. The primary cause of death for Del was not via electrocution (brain death or organ failure) but through severe burns when the resistors overheat and caught fire. See more »

Quotes

Percy Wetmore: What's up his ass?
Paul Edgecomb: You, always, you Percy.
Percy Wetmore: What I got a hate in you boy, that the way it is around here?
Paul Edgecomb: Why don't you just move on and take that job down in Briar Ridge? Oh yeah, I know all about it. Sounds to me like a pretty good job.
Percy Wetmore: Yeah, I might just take it too, soon as you put me up front. Yeah you heard me, I want Brutal's spot for the next execution.
Paul Edgecomb: Seeing a man die, now that's not enough, you gotta be close enough to smell his nuts cook.
Percy Wetmore: I just wanna be up front that's all. Come on,...
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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 unusually and it was considered for a trademark of director Frank Darabont. See more »

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Performed by Guy Lombardo and The Royal Canadians (as His Royal Canadians)
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Film was invented for creations like this.
9 January 2000 | by (Windsor, Canada) – See all my reviews

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.

BRAVO!


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