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The Green Mile

  • Drama
  • 1999
  • Frank Darabont
  • 180 mins
  • 18

Summary

Fantasy prison drama based on the novel by Stephen King, starring Tom Hanks and featuring Michael Clarke Duncan. Retired warder Paul Edgecomb remembers his time in charge of death-row inmates in a Louisiana penitentiary, and the strange powers of convicted child killer John Coffey.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Tom Hanks stars here as a prison guard in 1935 Louisiana who forms a life-affirming relationship with a black inmate on death row. Suspension of disbelief is essential to enjoy this reverential adaptation of Stephen King's 1996 novel - all the wardens are angels, bar one. Yet director Frank Darabont (who also brought King's The Shawshank Redemption to the screen) cleverly manipulates the emotions and only the very hard-hearted will remain dry-eyed throughout. The film received four Oscar nominations, including best picture and a well-deserved best supporting actor nod for Michael Clarke Duncan as the convicted child-killer.

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Credits

Cast

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Paul EdgecombTom Hanks
John CoffeyMichael Clarke Duncan
Brutus "Brutal" HowellDavid Morse
Jan EdgecombBonnie Hunt
Warden Hal MooresJames Cromwell
Eduard DelacroixMichael Jeter
Arlen BitterbuckGraham Greene (2)
Percy WetmoreDoug Hutchison
"Wild Bill" WhartonSam Rockwell
Toot-TootHarry Dean Stanton
Old Paul EdgecombDabbs Greer

Crew

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DirectorFrank Darabont

Details

Theatrical distributor
UIP
Released on
2000-02-25
Guidance
Violence, swearing.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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