The Green Mile 1999

The Green Mile

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Though The Green Mile is long, critics say it's an absorbing, emotionally powerful experience.

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Paul Edgecomb (Tom Hanks) walked the mile with a variety of cons. He had never encountered someone like John Coffey (Michael Clarke Duncan), a massive black man convicted of brutally killing a pair of young sisters. Coffey had the size and strength to kill anyone, but not the demeanor. Beyond his simple, naive nature and a deathly fear of the dark, Coffey seemed to possess a prodigious, supernatural gift. Paul began to question whether Coffey was truly guilty of murdering the two girls.

Cast & Crew

Tom Hanks
Paul Edgecomb
David Morse
Brutus "Brutal" Howell
Bonnie Hunt
Janice Edgecomb
James Cromwell
Warden Hal Moores
Michael Jeter
Eduard "Del" Delacroix
Graham Greene
Arlen Bitterbuck
Doug Hutchison
Percy Wetmore
Sam Rockwell
William "Wild Bill" Wharton
Barry Pepper
Dean Stanton
Stephen King
Writer (Novel)
Thomas Newman
Original Music
David Tattersall
Cinematographer
Terence Marsh
Production Designer
Michael Seirton
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Critic Reviews for The Green Mile

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  • Dec 23, 2015
    "The Green Mile" is a superb and sad drama movie of 1999. The plot to "The Green Mile" is about an elderly male telling a woman about when he worked as a prison guard. Later in the movie a new convict is transferred into "The Green Mile". This man is named "John Coffey" portrayed by Michael Clarke Duncan. "John Coffey" has a gift and is sad with all of the hatred in the world. The movie starts out with a group of men running with shotguns in their hands. This scene is captivating but not extremely captivating. For a movie that has a running time of three hours and eight minutes, it would be expected that there are quite some scenes that are boring; but "The Green Mile" is very entertaining. The movie's climax is a very sad scene but it's not's too sad. The plot to this movie is amazing. The plot would've been better except the characters were very likeable but then they'd do something that would make their character less likeable. "Tom Hanks" is an incredible actor in every role that he portrays. "Thomas Newman" the composer for the music in "The Green Mile" is stunning; "Thomas Newman" did a marvellous job at capturing the sadness in the movie. The filming of this movie is beautiful, "Frank Darabont" films shoots scenes perfectly. "The Green Mile" could've easily been a sad and ridiculous movie but instead it is a heart-warming drama movie. If you are a person who enjoys drama films then I highly recommend you watch "The Green Mile" as it has amazing acting, a superb plot and perfect filming. Although the movie is not perfect, like any other movie it has errors, these are needless scenes and better some scenes made better. I give 1999's "The Green Mile" a 9/10.
    Steve G Super Reviewer
  • Aug 31, 2015
    The Green Mile is a truly inspiring, touching and sad film all in one. It makes you think about how miracles could possibly work and how some people might deserve them. This and the Shawshank Redemption are the best adaptations of Stephen King's work. The soundtrack is great. Like Shawshank it is done by Thomas Newman. Michael Clarke Duncan is perfect for the role of John Coffey and should've gotten the Oscar for best supporting actor in 1999. Tom Hanks is great in the role of Paul Edgecomb. The rest of the cast is great with supporting roles being played by Barry Pepper, David Morse, Michael Jeter, Jeffrey Demunn, Sam Rockwell, Harry Dean Stanton, James Cromwell, William Sadler, and the always villainous Doug Hutchison. Toward the end I really thought how is it possible to not cry at the end of this film?
    Ian I Super Reviewer
  • Jul 28, 2014
    Some of the supporting characters are a little two-dimensional, but 'The Green Mile' is an incredibly effective prison drama with terrific performances and a script that deals with grief in an innovative and emotionally resonant way.
    Liam G Super Reviewer
  • Oct 03, 2013
    It's hard to create magic in a prison setting but Hanks and Duncan produce a memorable fairy tale. Hanks takes perhaps the most memorable pee in movie history.
    John B Super Reviewer

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