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The Green Mile (1999)



Tom Hanks
David Morse
Bonnie Hunt
Michael Clarke Duncan
James Cromwell

Directed by Frank Darabont

Distributed by Warner Bros

The Green Mile is based on a 1996 Stephen King novel of the same name. Done three years after the book release, the Green Mile was nominated for four Academy Awards, which included Best Supporting Actor for Michael Clarke Duncan, Best Picture, Best Sound, and Best Adapted Screenplay.

The movie was directed by Frank Darabont who also developed the screenplay of the movie under an eight week period, an adapted screenplay that i have to commend as one of the best i have seen, but it lost in the Oscars to the movie The Cider House Rules. Frank Darabont was also in charge of directing the critical acclaim The Shawshank Redemption which also earned him a nomination of best Adapted screenplay in 1994.

The high point of this movie will be the whole movie itself; i happen to have read the book before seeing the movie so watching a well adapted novel on the silver screen made me feel like i was reading the book all over again.

The movie plot and the story itself are based on a flashback of a tale Paul Edgecomb was telling an old friend about his time as a corrections officer in charge of death row inmates in the Cold Mountain Penitentiary in 1935.

The cell block Paul (Tom Hanks) worked in was called the "Green Mile" because the condemned prisoners walking to their execution are said to be walking "the last mile". Here, it is a stretch of faded lime-green linoleum. The other guards which were Paul’s friends in the movie were Brutus "Brutal" Howell (David Morse), Harry Terwilliger (Jeffery DeMunn), and Dean Stanton (Barry Pepper).

In addition to the guards was Percy (Doug Hutchison) an arrogant misfit who took pride in terrorising the inmates.

Everything in the cell block was as usual until the guards got a visit from two inmates who changed their very view of life itself.

One of the inmates that visited was John Coffey (Michael Clarke Duncan) a giant of a man who had some weird miraculous power ability to heal and feel the pain and sufferings of others and the other was "Wild Bill" Wharton (Sam Rockwell) who was a psycho, murderer and paedophile.

Their arrival was plagued with chaos miraculous healings and with the addition of Percy it became a handful for the other guards.

The Green Mile is a movie i have seen over and over again, and i believe you will enjoy watching it too.


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