The Green Mile (1999)
The Green Mile (1999)
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Critic Reviews for The Green Mile
Much of the three-hour movie takes place in the prison, but the resonant characterization, expansive plotting, and judicious use of exterior locations and flashbacks turn the walls into windows.
The supernatural elements carry an undeniable emotional charge, but the solution to the underlying murder mystery is disappointingly tidy and trite.
Three long hours of wind, an exercise in titanic self-importance intent on passing off klunky rhetoric as poignant drama.
Unassumingly strong, moving performances and Darabont's durable storytelling make it a trip worth taking.
Audience Reviews for The Green Mile
A brilliant moving film with great actors based on a Stephen King story.
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.
The Green Mile is an amazingly soulful movie that features strong acting from an incredible cast. Frank Darabont directs another prison movie with style and humanism. He rarely directs films, but when he does they are usually knockouts (including the Shawshank Redemption & The Mist). Michael Clarke Duncan gives a simply wonderful performance here that rightfully got nominated for an Oscar. The fact that he died prematurely makes this even more of a heart-wrenching story to me. Tom Hanks is his reliably likable self and the rest of the cast is made up of good character actors. I thought most of the characters in this film were memorable. It's really hard to explain to someone without giving details away, but for first-timers this film will surprise you. The 3 hour run time seems long, but this film could not have been better paced. I never found myself checking the time. This is a classic that deserves to be seen.
The Green Mile Quotes
|John Coffey:||I'm sorry for what I am.|
|Warden Hal Moores:||What in the blue fuck was that? There's puke all over the floor. God, that smell. That smell won't come out for another 5 years that what I'm betting. And that asshole, Wharton is singing about it.|
|Paul Edgecomb:||Did he carry a tune, Hal?|
|Warden Hal Moores:||Ok, boys. But, what the hell happened?|
|Paul Edgecomb:||An execution sir. A successful one.|
|Warden Hal Moores:||How in the name of Christ can you call that a success?|
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