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The Green Mile

We each owe a death - there are no exceptions - but sometimes, oh God, the Green Mile seems so long. (Old Paul Edgecomb)


Year: 1999
Director: Frank Darabont
Screenplay: Frank Darabont
Actors: Tom Hanks, David Mores, Michael Clarke Duncan, Doug Hutchinson …
Runtime: 188 min


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Summary of The Green Mile film plot

Paul Edgecombe is one of the residents of an old peoples home. He tells his friend the story of his life.

Back in 1935 Paul was in charge of the death row in Louisiana pentientiary. The cell block is called “The Green Mile” due to its green floor every death candidate must walk from his cell to “Old Sparky”, the electric chair.

Paul has a rule in his prison to treat every prisoner equally and with respect. Paul’s quiet life changes with the arrival of another prisoner - John Coffey. He is a convicted rapist and murderer of two young girls. But Coffey seems simple and awfully gentle despite his size and reputation.

Coffey seems to possess a mysterious power to heal. He heals Paul’s bladder infection, cures the wife of the prison director from her inoperable brain cancer and resurrects a dead mouse, who is the friend of another inmate.

Paul is very doubtful of Coffey’s guilt, but he still gives the order for John Coffey’s execution. Short after that he quits his job.

Paul reveals to his elderly friend that he is much older than thought possible. The touch of John Coffey had him convicted to an extraordinary long life.

Main differences between film and the Stephen King book - The Green Mile

  • In the movie Paul is telling Elaine the story of the Green Mile. In the book, Paul writes his story down in the form of a novel.
  • In the book the story takes place in 1932, in the movie it takes place in 1935.
  • In the book Paul’s flashback of the Green Mile is provoked by the sadistic employee Brad Dolan, who reminds him of an evil Green Mile co-worker. In the film Brad Dolan is left out completely, and the flashback is provoked by a TV film.

What TheDarkKing thinks about The Green Mile film

Stephen King’s novel The Green Mile is wonderfully adapted by Frank Darabont. It’s one of the movie adaptations that are played out as Stephen King has written his book.

Although some say the film is far too long with its more than three hours running time, but you’ll never be tempted to look at your watch. The characters unfold themselves at the pace of the time and the place in the 1930s and in order to get the depth of them the three hours were absolutely necessary.

The casting for this movie is simply superb. Each and every actor is at his or her best. Tom Hanks as Paul Edgecombe and especially Michael Clarke Duncan as John Coffey give exceptional performances. They bring emotion to unique and fascinating characters.

The story makes you laugh, brings you to tears, makes you angry and and makes you think. All what you expect from a great movie that is based on a great novel.

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Rate this movie…

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10 Comments »

  1. March 22, 2006 @ 8:11 am

    Denis said,

    One of the best Movies ever. The book is as good as the film. i think it’s better to read the book first.

  2. November 3, 2009 @ 1:31 pm

    Klay said,

    Haven’t read the book but I love the movie,very touching. Cried a lot :(

  3. December 4, 2010 @ 6:57 pm

    Missi said,

    Loved, Loved, Loved the movie. Saw it in the theater about 4 times, have the DVD, and still cry at times while watching it. I took my husband to see it in the theater, having told him nothing about the book. He did like the movie very much but hated that Coffee died.

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