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The Green Mile (1999)

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

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Director Frank Darabont, who made an acclaimed feature film debut with The Shawshank Redemption (1994), based on a Stephen King novel set in a prison, returns for a second feature, based on King's 1996 serialized novel set in a prison. In 1935, inmates at the Cold Mountain Correctional Facility call Death Row "The Green Mile" because of the dark green linoleum that tiles the floor. Paul Edgecomb (Tom Hanks) is the head guard on the Green Mile when a new inmate is brought into his custody: John Coffey (Michael Clarke Duncan), convicted of the sadistic murder of two young girls. Despite his size and the fearsome crimes for which he's serving time, Coffey seems to be a kind and well-mannered person who behaves more like an innocent child than a hardened criminal. Soon Edgecomb and two of his fellow guards, Howell (David Morse) and Stanton Barry Pepper), notice something odd about Coffey: he's able to perform what seem to be miracles of healing among his fellow inmates, leading them to wonder just what sort of person he could be, and if he could have committed the crimes with which he was charged. The Green Mile also stars James Cromwell as the warden; Michael Jeter, Sam Rockwell, and Graham Greene as inmates awaiting dates with the electric chair; and Harry Dean Stanton as a clever trustee. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
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R (for violence, language and some sex-related material)
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Drama , Mystery & Suspense , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Cast

Tom Hanks
as Paul
David Morse
as Brutus
Michael Jeter
as Delacroix
Sam Rockwell
as Wharton
Mark C. Miles
as Orderly Hector
Rai Tasco
as Man in Nursing Home
Edrie Warner
as Lady in Nursing Home
Dabbs Greer
as Old Paul
Paula Malcomson
as Marjorie Detterick
Christopher Ives
as Howie Detterick
Evanne Drucker
as Kathe Detterick
Bailey Drucker
as Cora Detterick
Brian Libby
as Sheriff McGee
Brent Briscoe
as Bill Dodge
Bill McKinney
as Jack Van Hay
Rachel Singer
as Cynthia Hammersmith
Scotty Leavenworth
as Hammersmith's Son
Katelyn Leavenworth
as Hammersmith's Daughter
Bill Gratton
as Earl the Plumber
Dee Croxton
as Woman at Del's Execution
Rebecca Jane Klingler
as Wife at Del's Execution
Gary Imhoff
as Husband at Del's Execution
Van Epperson
as Police Officer
David E. Browning
as Reverend at Funeral
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Critic Reviews for The Green Mile

All Critics (132) | Top Critics (33)

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.

Full Review… | April 8, 2011
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

To more than a few viewers, this one will feel like a life sentence.

Full Review… | August 24, 2008
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

The supernatural elements carry an undeniable emotional charge, but the solution to the underlying murder mystery is disappointingly tidy and trite.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Three long hours of wind, an exercise in titanic self-importance intent on passing off klunky rhetoric as poignant drama.

Full Review… | April 25, 2003
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Unassumingly strong, moving performances and Darabont's durable storytelling make it a trip worth taking.

January 1, 2000
New York Times
Top Critic

An affecting motion picture.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
ReelViews
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Green Mile

½

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 Gadd
Liam Gadd

Super Reviewer

½

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.

Josh Lewis
Josh Lewis

Super Reviewer

Stephen King's hypothetical update about the inner life of the Roman centurions who famously are chosen to kill an innocent man gets a devoted treatment by Frank Darabont and friends well worth your time. A great cast is quietly aided by ... the wonderful Mr.Jingles.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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