The Green Mile

The Green Mile

Frank Darabont (1999)

bbfc_rating|ages_18_and_over Certificate


Our Score
Set in a Louisiana prison in 1935, this grossly overlong but masterful sentimental fantasy is clearly aimed at the Forrest Gump 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

Paul Edgecomb Tom Hanks
Brutus "Brutal" Howell David Morse
Jan Edgecomb Bonnie Hunt
John Coffey Michael Clarke Duncan
Warden Hal Moores James Cromwell
Eduard Delacroix Michael Jeter
Arlen Bitterbuck Graham Greene (2)
Percy Wetmore Doug Hutchison
"Wild Bill" Wharton Sam Rockwell
Toot-Toot Harry Dean Stanton
Old Paul Edgecomb Dabbs Greer
Director Frank Darabont
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: UIPGuidance: Violence, swearing.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 25 Feb 2000