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Set in a Louisiana prison in 1935, this grossly overlong but masterful sentimental fantasy is clearly aimed at the
audience. Tom Hanks plays a guard who forms a life-affirming relationship with a condemned black prisoner, on death row for the murder of two little girls. Suspension of disbelief is essential if you're to enjoy Frank Darabont's reverential adaptation of Stephen King's 1996 novel - all the wardens are angels, bar one. Yet Darabont, directing his first film since
The Shawshank Redemption
(also a Stephen King prison drama), cleverly manipulates the emotions and only the very hard-hearted will remain dry-eyed throughout or unshocked by the harrowing execution scenes. The film received four Oscar nominations, including best picture and a well-deserved best supporting actor nod for relative newcomer Michael Clarke Duncan as the convicted child-killer.
A convicted child-killer of towering height and massive build is condemned to death row, but astonishes the guards with his good nature and miraculous healing powers. They believe the gentle giant is incapable of crime, and emotions run high as they realise there is no hope of overturning his death sentence. Supernatural drama, based on a novel by Stephen King, starring Tom Hanks, Michael Clarke Duncan, David Morse and Harry Dean Stanton.
Cast & Crew
Brutus "Brutal" Howell
Michael Clarke Duncan
Warden Hal Moores
Graham Greene (2)
"Wild Bill" Wharton
Harry Dean Stanton
Old Paul Edgecomb
Edited for violence, and contains swearing.
video, DVD and Blu-ray
25 Feb 2000
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