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The Green Mile (1999)

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The lives of guards on Death Row are affected by one of their charges: a black man accused of child murder and rape, yet who has a mysterious gift.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Paul Edgecomb
... Brutus 'Brutal' Howell
... John Coffey
... Jan Edgecomb
... Warden Hal Moores
... Eduard Delacroix
... Arlen Bitterbuck
... Percy Wetmore
... 'Wild Bill' Wharton
... Dean Stanton
... Harry Terwilliger
... Melinda Moores
... Toot-Toot
... Old Paul Edgecomb
... Elaine Connelly
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Storyline

Death Row guards at a penitentiary, in the 1930's, have a moral dilemma with their job when they discover one of their prisoners, a convicted murderer, has a special gift. Written by Guy Johns

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This is a story about a miracle where I work... The Green Mile. See more »


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Rated R for violence, language and some sex-related material | See all certifications »

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10 December 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Stephen King's The Green Mile  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,017,152, 12 December 1999, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$136,801,374

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$286,801,374
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Just as director Frank Darabont was getting started writing the screenplay, he found out that his cat had developed a tumor. With the cat dying but not being in any pain, he decided to not have it put down. Instead he cared for it at home while adapting "The Green Mile", referring to it as his "co-writer" or "co-pilot", as it spent a lot of time keeping him company at his desk. Darabont said, "It's the whole 'Green Mile' death row experience . . . The writing of it was very much that. I had this creature I really cared about walking that mile". The cat passed away two months later, just about the same time the script was finished. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 1 min) The blood on Harry's face reappears on his nose and chin after he wipes it off. It can be seen as he walks past the camera to get Dean and go to the infirmary after Wild Bill wreaks havoc. See more »

Quotes

John Coffey: People hurt the ones they love. That's how it is all around the world.
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Crazy Credits

There are no opening credits after the title has been shown, followed by the opening scene for place of film. Although it is now commonplace for films to not have opening credits, in 1999 it was somewhat rather unusually and it was considered for a trademark of director Frank Darabont. See more »

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Referenced in Murphy's Law: Electric Bill (2003) See more »

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Old Fashioned Love
Written by James P. Johnson and Cecil Mack
Performed by Eddy Howard
Courtesy of Columbia Records by arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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A one of a kind classic
17 June 2001 | by See all my reviews

This movie is a real gem. It is hard to find fault with it. Hanks is excellent in a role that clearly calls for him to suppress his natural slant toward humor. He is Paul Edgecomb; Tom Hanks is nowhere to be found. Yet he gives Edgecomb just the right flavor. One cannot find a single weak cast member! Michael Jeter should have got an Oscar. Michael Clark Duncan put just the right shading on his huge character to make him vulnerable and sympathetic.

Flawlessly shot on perfect period sets, the whole production binds together to bring the extraordinary story into the realm of a believable and compelling study of human injustice and charity.


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