The Green Mile (1999)
Director: Frank Darabont
Screenwriter: Frank Darabont
Cast: Tom Hanks, David Morse, Mike Clark Duncan, Bonnie Hunt, James Cromwell, Michael Jeter, Graham Greene, Doug Hutchison / Sam Rockwell / Barry Pepper / Jeffrey DeMunn / Patricia Clarkson / Harry Dean Stanton / Debbs Greer / Eve Brent
Region: United States
Language: English / French
Released: 1999-12-10 (USA)
Runtime: 189 minutes
Also known as: Green Miracle (Taiwan) / Green Mile / Green Mile / Green Space
Rating: IMDB 8.6 / Rotten Tomatoes 79%
Prison warden Paul (Tom Hanks) this day ushered in an extraordinary murderer — John cauley (Michael Clarke Duncan) Duncan. John was sentenced to death for killing two young girls and came to this famous Cold Mountain Prison. There is a green space called “Green Mile” in the prison, and the execution ground is beyond the green space.
Not only was John not as brutal as he had imagined, on the contrary, he was surprisingly kind and witty. The arrival of John brought earth-shaking changes to everyone in the prison: the little mouse of the old prisoner Trevor was injected with strength of life, and brought the last comfort to Trevor’s last life; Paolo and Malinda who were suffering from illness; pulled Kim Baosi back from the hands of death…Paul has also seen the true meaning of life from John these days.
The day of John’s execution finally arrived.
“The Green Mile” is a 1999 drama film directed by Frank Darabont and based on Stephen King’s novel of the same name. The movie stars Tom Hanks as Paul Edgecomb, a death row corrections officer in a Louisiana prison during the 1930s. The story follows Edgecomb and his fellow guards as they interact with John Coffey (played by Michael Clarke Duncan), a massive and seemingly gentle inmate with supernatural healing powers.
The film is a powerful exploration of themes such as injustice, redemption, and the human capacity for cruelty and compassion. It asks difficult questions about the morality of the death penalty and the ways in which those in positions of power abuse their authority. It also delves into the emotional toll that working on death row takes on those tasked with carrying out executions.
The acting in “The Green Mile” is superb, with standout performances from Hanks and Duncan. The film’s pacing is deliberate, allowing the viewer to become fully immersed in the story and characters. The cinematography is also noteworthy, with moody and atmospheric visuals that capture the oppressive nature of life on death row.
Overall, “The Green Mile” is a gripping and thought-provoking film that tackles weighty topics with sensitivity and nuance. It is a must-watch for fans of drama and for anyone interested in exploring the complexities of the human condition. It is a testament to the power of cinema to move and inspire audiences, and its impact has continued to resonate with viewers over two decades after its initial release.