The Green Mile, I watched this not to long ago, because I had not seen it in a long time. I forgot what a powerfull movie it is, and although there are some really shocking scene's in it, I was glued to the movie from start to finish. Tom Hanks takes on the leading role, as Paul Edgecome the guard at the Green Mile, the place they put death row prisoners in the electric chair in 1935.
The movie was released in 1999, and from day one it was a Hollywood blockbuster, and I can remember at the time, everybody talking with a excited buzz, about it being released. Micheal Clarke Duncan, takes on the role of the magical John Coffey, a gift of god who is sentenced to death. The special effect's in this film are great, as they make the already big Michael Duncan, and super size him in to a giant. There is some really shocking scene's in this movie, scene's that would make a grown men shiver, so even though this has Tom Hank's in it, it is not for faint hearted.
Sam Rockwell plays a crazy character on death row, who likes to call himself Billy the Kid. Although I have to say right now, I hate his character in this movie, and part's of this film because of his character make me feel sick, he does do a great job with his character. He just pulls that crazy outlaw character off really good, and with his dirty teeth, he looked like he was actually from the 1930s. All the actor's do a great job with this one, and the result is a magically, yet shocking Hollywood classic. Tom Hanks alway's Pull's of these big movies with skill and professionalism, and this movie is no different. He has been one of my favourite actor's over the year's, simply because he has brought me hour's of great entertainment.
This movie is adapted from a Stephen King novel which was brought out in 1996, the novel has the same name as this movie.
It is about some very serious subject's and is not one for the kid's. I repeat this is not a Tom Hank's family film, and kid's should never watch this.
I am pretty sure by now everybody has seen this movie, but if not then it is one you should watch. This is real Hollywood magic and entertainment at it's best, a movie well worth watching, even if you have seen it before.
After learning one of the main actors in this film - Michael Clarke Duncan - sadly passed away last week it brought back memories of his performance in this film. I hadn't watched it in ages so when scrolling through Sky Movies late last night I decided to give it a watch. With my faded memory of how sad it was I did not have the tissues to hand and needless to say I ended up with a very wet sleeve and tear stained face lol!
- Storyline -
The film opens in 1999 with Paul Edgecomb (played by Tom Hanks) in a nursing home talking to his female friend. The film is set predominantly through a flashback with Paul recalling events of his past when he worked as a Prison guard in 1935 in a jail in Louisiana during the period of the Great Depression. Here, inmates are kept when they are due for execution in the electric chair. Penning the name the "Green Mile" as the last walk to the execution room the floor is the colour green.
Anyway we are introduced to a big, gentle, black giant - John Coffey (like the drink but not spelt the same - quote from the film!) who is incarcerated for raping and brutally murdering two blonde girls. However, Paul learns through interactions and first hand that Coffey is not what he is made out to be, as he has powers where he can ease pain and relieve sufferers. Events occur in the prison, where one by one the other inmates see what he is capable of and the other guards realise his innocence too and help him escape to help the head warden's wife who is dying of cancer.
Paul has his hands full managing a spiteful guard Percy, intent on trying to assert his authority but deep down being a big coward in front of the inmates. Most disturbingly of all is the troublesome new inmate "Wild Bill". When events occur with these 2 it is Paul's job to maintain a smooth running unit all the while being professional in his career but when it boils down to it what is he going to do....kill one of God's miracles because it was his job?
- My Opinion -
The film is so invoking and emotionally charged in so many ways. I have to confess I was crying like a baby! Coffey is a gentle and misunderstood person, believed to be capable of such a crime because of his size and appearance, and charged with barely any question due to it being more racially motivated as it is the Southern States of America and he is black. I appreciated the undertones to this film, in that it had so many levels to explore and not just the race aspect but also the use of the death penalty and questioning the morality of it. If a man truly repents should he be forgiven, or must he still pay?
Just a small insight into John Coffey's power brought about so many motivational concepts that got me thinking. He says "there is so much hate and hurt towards people every day all over the world" and he is tired of seeing it. I felt it was such an apt comment to make (especially after watching the paralympics and seeing what can be done!) that by this time I literally was sobbing away (albeit quietly so I didn't seem a complete nut job lol) and it gave me great food for thought.
Aside from this, I genuinely thought all the actors were excellent and brought to life the film and it's relevance with ease. I am a fan of Tom Hanks, and as I hadn't watched a film with him in for a long time, it reminded me what a versatile actor he is. Michael Clarke Duncan as a relatively new actor does amazing in a supporting role and for me is definitely the masterpiece to this film's success and it is a great shame to hear of his passing at such a young age.
The film itself is shot at great angles, and although it is not a short film, close to 3 hours long it needs that length of time to move through the storyline fluently and it doesn't at any point feel like it is dragging as it is charged with pace from the outset and continues straight through to the end. It's very moving, and I think will appeal to many audiences regardless of genre taste and so I definitely recommend everyone to give this a watch!
The Green Mile is one of them films that must be on everyone's watch list. The plot behind the movie is just fantastic as it keeps you interested and makes you create an emotional bond with many of the characters. Being a worker of the execution part of a prison must be a hard a job but the prison guards on the green mile is made so much harder when they are asked to execute a good man that they have befriended.
Tom Hanks really does this film very well and I personally would consider it one of his best films to date. He really has got a true understanding on the emotions of the character (Paul Edgecomb) he plays and betrays these emotions to the viewer very well.
Another shining performance in this film comes from John Coffey for his ability of acting such a sensitive character. He has done this type of role in many films and this is another fine example of his acting style. I was left feeling emotionally attached to his character (John Coffey) and feeling sad about his ending in the film.
In conclusion this film should defiantly be watched as the plot is excellent and this film has really been given the chance of being a all time great film by the good selection of actors.
It is the 1930's and Paul Edgecomb works in a prison, he is in charge of death row which is a hard job to have and takes its toll on him. He sees men coming in and he and his team are faced with keeping them until their time for the electric chair comes. Paul has a hard job as he sees how sad these men are knowing what is coming and he does find it a hard job. Paul's life is about to be turned around though when a new prisoner comes in.
John Coffey is a very large black man who is on death row as he is believed to have killed to little girls. Paul instantly feels he did not do it and rather likes John. Paul is about to have a massive shock when he gets ill from a urine infection and when John touches him he takes the pain and virus away. Paul does not talk about this to anyone but his wife and tries to find out about John's past. His investigations lead him to a dead end but he does not give up.
Can Paul discover just what power John has and will this change his fate or will John go the same way as the other men on Death Row?
I have looked at this film over the years and never really fancied it but when I spotted the DVD for the bargain price of £2 I decided to give it a go. I thought from the cover of the DVD and the appearance of Tom, Hanks that it was going to be connected to the military but how wrong was I. I did actually enjoy the story and felt it was touched up in a very emotional and powerful way. I thought it was an original idea and I know this is based on a book but as I have not read the book I cannot make comment on how well or badly this has been transferred to the screen. The short plot outline which I have given really is only a basic one, we have other smaller side stories happening involving some of the other prisoners and guards but I felt that these are best left to be discovered by watching the film. I did enjoy the inclusion of these as they gave some depth to the film and overall story.
The acting for me was superb. Tom Hanks played the lead role of Paul and he did an excellent job. We got to know just enough about him to understand his mind and how he though about things and I enjoyed seeing a bit of his personal life as well. He was hard and strong for the majority of the film but I also liked the softer more sensitive side which did come out. I felt he did justice to the role he way playing and showed what a hard job he had. He formed a wonderful connection with John and even though John was a prisoner I felt they formed a good friendship. John was played by Michael Clark Duncan, I have to confess that the only other film I know him from is the role of Bear in Armageddon and I did not know what to expect from him. He gave the best performance of the film for me and I had so many different emotions forming from his performance. He looked quite dumb and sad for the majority of the film and as if he was suffering. When he spoke I felt sadness and loss from him but there were times when he showed a little strength and he did give me one or two small chuckles. He looked powerful and intimidating but he did not come across this way when he spoke or talked to Paul.
We had some very good support actors and I felt they too all played very good role, some of the actors included, David Morse, James Cromwell, Michael Jeter and Sam Rockwell, they were all very different role, some stronger and louder than the other but they all bought some magic to the story in their own different ways.
There was really only two settings in this film for the majority of it, we had the green mile, the wing of the prison where the prisoners on death row had their cells and the room with the electric chair. I found the settings to be good and thought the way of life for them back in the 30's was shown well. I found it looked and fitted the era and the lack of technology and moderness of it all was shown in a good way. We did get one or two outside shots and these were a good little relief from the other settings. I thought the costumes were also good and in keeping with the theme and year of the film.
There were a few places in the film where I did have to look away as they were stomach turning and a little scary for me, I must confess though that I am a wimp! I though the parts when the prisoners were being placed in the electric chair were unsettling and also some of the things which John did turned my stomach. The DVD claims that there is some horror in the film and although I felt quite jumpy at parts O would not class them as horror. There are some brutal parts involving people dying but they are not overly gruesome or bad. We do have some swearing in the film and so the 18 rate which this has is one which I agree with, I also think a younger audience will not truly be able to follow this story. The one downside to this film is the run time, it is 181 minutes long, I do think this will put a few people off from watching but I have to say once we got into the story I lost track of the time and never felt as if it had been going on forever, I think it could have lost about 30-40 and still have been as powerful as it was.
I did think the ending was very powerful and it did actually reduce me to tears and this is where I would have liked the film to end. At the very start we see Paul when he is an elderly man in a nursing home and we return to this point at the very end of the film. Both me and hubby felt this was taking it a little far and making it a little far fetched with what he told us, I would have liked this to have been left out of the film. I did enjoy seeing one certain little member of the cast again.
I have stated that I bought the DVD for just £2 but as I have not watched the bonus features on it then I am classing this review as a film only one. The DVD does range in price depending on where you shop for it so make sure you too get a good bargain like I did.
I am more than happy to give this film the full 5 stars and a very high recommendation as it was an amazing film. The story was excellent and not only was it sad and emotional but we had a few good little fun parts which gave us some light relief, the acting from all involved was powerful and strong and I think this film should be watched by all over the age of 18 despite the running time as it has had a very powerful effect on me and I do still keep thinking back to the ending even a week after watching it.
If you want a film that is deeply moving and will have you fixed to the screen, then this is the one for you. Get the tissues out ready for a good cry.
Tom Hanks plays Paul Edgecomb, a security guard running and working on death row. Through out his time there, he has had some very strange people passing through the place, but nothing could have prepared him and his collegues for the 8ft giant that was going to change their lives forever. Johmn Cofe (like the drink only not spelt the same) had been convicted of raping and murdering 2 young sisters. Throughout his time on death row, Cofe displays some fascinating skills including bringing a crushed mouse back to life. Paul Edgecomb soon discovers that there is more to this big friendly giant that meets the eye, and decided to put his trust in John and use him to help and old friend.
But with Cofe still having to face death row, does he want to stop the demons inside him?
Excellent movie... rather long about 3 hours ... but definately one to watch
The Green Mile is a horror/supernatural film based on the book by Stephen King. The certificate of this film is an 18 because the content is quite graffic and upsetting, and is a long film, being 3 hours and was made in 1999.
The film is set in a prison, specifically on death row during the 1930's. It is told by the main character Paul Edgecomb (played by Tom Hanks), who is the head warden on death row, or The Green Mile as it is called. A new inmate is brought to The Green Mile accused of murdering two little girls, his name is John Coffey, (played by Michael Clark Duncan). A huge 8 foot tall black man, a gentle and simple man with a gift, who seems incapable of commiting this crime.
Some of the other inmates include; Edward Delacroix (played by Michael Jeter) who has a very intelligent mouse as a pet called Mr Jingles. There is also Wild Bill (played by Sam Rockwell) a violent and evil man.
I think that this is an amazing film and if you have read the book you will know that it is very close to the story. In parts it is so touching it WILL make you cry!! But there are also eliments of horror, with images of brutal executions and violent behaviour. There are miracles and revelations throughout the film which will keep you hooked. The only bad things are it is a bit long and if you are a bit sensitive, the execution scenes are intense and upsetting.
The film is one of Tom Hanks better performances and his portrayal of Paul the corrections officer is a heart warming and compelling performance of one of King's better works. Initially i was sceptical of the choice of Michael Clarke Duncan as John Coffey, but as you will see he suits his role of a gentle giant to a tee. King is very successful in making his audience genuinely feel for his characters we pity Paul for his hard decisions and come to admire him for his show of compassion to people society have given up on. We feel contempt and disgust for the outright malicious and sadistic Percy Wetmore as he manipulates Paul and the prison warden with his high ranking parents. Something about Michael Clarke Duncan's performance made his character scream not guilty at the first chance he receives and this only adds to the pity we feel for him during his incarceration. The film adds an original plot divergence in the form of John Coffey's healing capabilities which puts further strain on Paul and the tough decision he must make.
RELEASED: 1999, Cert.18
RUNNING TIME: Approx. 181mins
DIRECTOR: Frank Darabont
PRODUCERS: David Valdes, Frank Darabont
SCREENPLAY WRITER: Frank Darabont (adapted from the novel by Steven King)
Tom Hanks (as Paul Edgecomb)
Michael Clarke Duncan (as John Coffey)
David Morse (as Brutus 'Brutal' Howell)
James Cromwell (as Warden Hal Moores)
Michael Jeter (as Eduard Delacroix)
Graham Greene (as Arlen Bitterbuck)
Sam Rockwell (as 'Wild Bill' Wharton)
Dean Stanton (as Barry Pepper)
Doug Hutchinson (as Percy Wetmore)
Quite a long time ago, I read Steven King's novel The Green Mile, enjoying it thoroughly. It has taken me a lot of years to get around to seeing the film - shame on me really, as people have been urging me to give it a watch for more than a decade. At long last, and thanks to the current slashing of DVD prices at my local Sainsbury's, I have caught up with the rest of the world!
The year is 1999 and Paul Edgecomb is a long-term resident in a nursing home. Whilst talking to one of the other residents, he begins to reminisce about his past, telling the lady a story of part of his life.
We move into flashback to 1935 for the rest of the film, and see Paul working as head prison guard on death row in a top-security Louisiana jail. The method of execution used in the jail is the electric chair, and the green coloured tiling on the floor leading to the execution room is nicknamed 'the green mile'.
The newest inmate is brought to the jail.....John Coffey....a big, big black man who was (barely without question) arrested after having been found sitting in a field crying, whilst embracing the corpses of two brutally raped and murdered little white girls.
Before long, Paul realises that there is far more to John Coffey than anybody has ever given him credit for. The big black man who has been branded a child rapist and murderer without even a trial, is terrified of the dark, and appears to be of an extremely gentle, tender disposition; he also displays a unique gift whereby he can tune into people's troubles, and help them in a very unusual way.
Paul's job isn't made any easier by having to deal with suffering from a cripplingly painful bladder infection, a brutal, perhaps borderline psychopath young guard Percy (who is only in the job because of family connections), and the arrival of very nasty, positively deranged inmate 'Wild Bill' Wharton.
Firstly, I must commend Frank Darabont as both director and screenplay writer, for sticking reasonably closely to Steven King's original novel, which can't have been an easy thing to do.
In a way, I was expecting the movie of The Green Mile to be less enjoyable than the book, but I was pleasantly surprised. I was a little disconcerted - prior to viewing - that the film is over three hours long, but I must say that there wasn't one single nano-second throughout where I was at all bored, or felt my attention wandering away from the screen.
Close to the beginning of the film, I felt it was a small mistake to briefly show the inside of a mental institution with the song 'Charmaine' belting out from the record player, as this came across to me as almost copy-catting One Flew Over The Cuckoo's nest.....but a minor slip which I was more than happy to overlook once the main body of the film got underway.
Another little oddity is that I'm absolutely certain Harry Dean Stanton played a very small part of one of the prisoners who was fried in the electric chair - I am a bit foxed, because in the cast list, we have an actor called Dean Stanton, yet he played Barry Pepper, one of the prison guards. Could Dean Stanton be a relative of Harry's? Whether that is so or not, why wasn't Harry Dean Stanton mentioned in the cast list, or have I made a complete identity mistake? If the actual Harry Dean Stanton was part of the cast, I'd like to have seen him given a more major role, as he is in my opinion one of the greatest actors to have lived. Perhaps some Harry Dean Stanton fans out there could put me right if I'm mistaken?
Despite those minor flaws, the second of which I accept could be a mistake of mine, I was deeply impressed by the acting skills of the whole cast, particularly Tom Hanks. It seemed to me as if he was truly giving himself up to the role, his delivery steeped with a sincere and heartfelt professionalism. I feel that Sam Rockwell deserves equal praise for his truly skilful and convincing portrayal of the deeply disturbed inmate 'Wild Bill' Wharton.
It was very easy to warm to the character of John Coffey played by Michael Clarke Duncan, and those who have already seen The Green Mile will know what I mean - this gentle giant displaying a completely benign temperament, after having been incarcerated on death row, accused of the most heinous of crimes.
I found myself picking up a lot on what were the social issues prevailing in the 'deep south' during the depression years. The most obvious point was John Coffey being black. Were he a white man, he almost certainly would have been given a fair trial by jury before being thrown onto death row. Another discomforting feature was the gathering of members of the public as an audience, each time an execution took place. All of the spectators were white....quite likely very religious, bible-bashing evangelists (no offence to any evangelists reading this - I am merely talking about how the social climate was during the 1930s in the southern states of the USA)....yet one of their favoured forms of entertainment was to congregate in a room, sit on wooden chairs, and watch somebody being killed!
There were some special effects in the film which though their presence didn't spoil it for me in the slightest, I'd have preferred it if the director had chosen another method of portraying what these special effects are meant to depict....I feel it would have added a touch of realism that in turn possibly could have enhanced the credibility factor of the movie as a whole.
All in all though, the good parts of the movie - particularly the acting skills of the cast - by far and many times over, more than made up for those other little discrepancies which I mention above.....hence me not knocking off any stars with my rating.
I would like to say some more about the last 20 or so minutes of the film, but can't really without giving too much of the plot away....short to mention that a speech by one of the characters got me thinking, and the words used were pretty close to how I myself feel about life.
Overall, I feel that The Green Mile is a skilful, sensitive, beautifully acted and portrayed movie which some may find overly long, but I personally don't think it would have the same positive impact had the story been crammed into a shorter time span. Quite a lot of people could well find the whole thing a bit of a 'weepie' and I can fully understand why, although I wasn't affected down that road myself despite me agreeing that it's a very moving, powerful film.
This is one DVD which won't end up gathering dust on a charity shop shelf....instead it will be placed in my 'to watch again and again and again' pile!
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Although I am aware of Stephen King's novels and short stories being adapted for TV and film, I was surprised to see a number of titles that I wouldn't have thought were from the famous author. The Green Mile is one such tale, based on King's story of the same name. Traditionally, King is very specific about his writing being properly taken onto the big screen, and so this is likely to be close to the book, although I have never read it.
The Green Mile is set in the 1930s and has a gripping plot, mainly a prison drama but with a small element of sci-fi/mild horror basis that you associate the author with. Director Frank Darabont has taken a number of King's works to the screen, including the excellent Shawshank Redemption, and this tale gets the usual careful treatment, riveting from the start. Tom Hanks plays veteran prison officer Paul Edgecomb, in charge of the shift when John Coffey (Michael Clarke Duncan) comes onto Death Row for killing two young girls. But Coffey is different - a gentle giant - and as the guards get to know him a bit better, they soon doubt that this generous man could ever harm a hair on an innocent being.
King's storytelling is always something that amazes me. His waffle in his writing is legendary, but what Darabont gives us contains no irrelevances or waffling detail. It may work in books, but not in films. Instead, we see the characters develop over time, and various snippets through flashbacks and a special 'power' that Coffey seems to have help fill in any blanks that the story leaves. This would possibly be a bit one dimensional as a story on its own, but with Edgecomb having his own physical ailment to deal with, as well as vicious racist prison guard Percy Wetmore (Doug Hutchison) and cruel and detestable inmate 'Wild Bill' Wharton (Sam Rockwell), the story has a number of various side stories that all seem to interlink as the film goes on.
The acting is brilliant. Hanks always gives a good show as far as I am concerned, and with the strong support of the aforementioned cast, as well as the ever solid David Morse as Edgecomb's right hand man Brutus 'Brutal' Howard, there is not a weak turn in sight. Darabont's direction also allows the tale to unfold at its own pace, not forcing the issue at all. This allows us to try and work out what is going on with the plot. It is obvious from the start that all is not what it seems, but the way it's shot means that there seems to be no other explanation. It's not until Coffey starts showing he has a special hidden talent that King's trademark understated sci-fi/horror element comes into play, expertly screened by Darabont, that your brain starts to work a bit of overtime.
I was thoroughly impressed with this. Darabont is a great director, taking up a great story from Stephen King, and with a star cast that really put a lot of effort into proceedings, I wasn't surprised to find myself really riveted to the screen watching this. I highly recommend you give it a go, and the same goes for other King films (in general) and Darabont's efforts. The collaboration of the two stretches now to 3 films, I believe, with this one, Shawshank, and more recently The Mist all being rather powerfully made. I hope there's more in the pipeline for this pairing. Recommended.
Released in 1999 this film has an amazing line up of stars including Tom Hanks, Michael Clarke Duncan, David Morse, Bonnie Hunt, James Cromwell, and more.
Set in the 1930 on death row, where John Coffey comes sentenced to death for the murder of two young children. He's eight feet tall with a heart the size of the world.
This film is the 2nd Stephen King book to be transformed into the most spectacular movie I have ever seen. I read the book and couldn't put it down, the film I couldn't take my eyes off. When I started watching the film I never imagined it would cover in so much depth certain parts of the book but from beginning to end it is true to Stephen Kings original story and takes you through every emotion felt by John Coffey, the guards and other prisoners on death row.
Rated 18 this film covers some very strong, emotional topics and isn't for the faint hearted but if you've read the book you won't be disappointed by a film that cover every chapter of Stephen King Novel in such great depth.
The Green Mile is the 1999 Warner Brothers American drama film adapted from the 1996 Stephen King Novel of the same name. The film is directed by Frank Darabont and is starring Tom Hanks and Michael Clarke Duncan. The film was nominated for four Academy Awards.
Paul Edgecomb (Tom Hanks) is a veteran prison guard running death row in the 1930's who's life changed for ever when new inmate John Coffey (Michael Clarke Duncan) enters the prison. He is an 8 foot tall giant with hands as big as a mans head. He has been accused of the murder of 2 children but this man is a gentle giant who is afraid to sleep in the cell without a night light. As the prison guards get to know John it seem more and more unlikely that he could have committed this gruesome crime and they soon discover that John is a very special person with a gift.
I'm a huge Stephen King fan and find his books to be dark and twisted and some convert well to film and others don't. This is not his usual horror style but an emotional film about friendship and respect and belief in the most unlikely place on earth. This film is pure magic that will play with all your emotions and will have you laughing one minute and crying the next. The story line is brilliant and you will loose yourself on this emotional journey. The cast is excellent and you can really connect with all the characters. Tom Hanks is always brilliant and he makes no exception in this role. Michael Clarke Duncan steals the show as the gentle giant, he'll make you want to give John a big hug. This is one of those movies that you watch and never forget how it made you feel.
The Green Mile is a supernatural drama told by a old death row prison guard about his time on the green mile.
The story is based on a Stephen King book which I haven't read so I cannot comment on whether this is a good adaptation. What I can review is the movie as a separate entity.
The main character of this movie is Paul Edgecomb, a prison guard played by Tom Hanks. I'm a big fan of Tom Hanks as a skilled actor and this movie shows him at his best. The character fits him like a glove and he brings much needed humor to the part which prevents the movie becoming too dark.
Paul is joined by a number a wonderfully played prison guards and inmates who are both amusing and realistic. Among them is John Coffey played by Michael Clarke Duncan, an unusual mentally disabled man who is sentenced to death for murder.
This movie could have very easily been dark or morbid with it's location of death row and the large role played by the electric chair (old sparkey) but instead the clever use of humor, the excellent script and the beautiful cinematography turn this dark and sad tale into something beautiful and moving. I would challenge even the most hard hearted person in the world to sit though this movie without laughing at measure mouse or crying at the ending, I'm completely convinced that it isn't possible.
To conclude, The Green Mile is one of the most emotionally beautiful films that I have ever seen. While the main plot is simple there are sufficient sub plots that weave around it and ultimately bind it together to make the story complex and compelling. It manages to do what few recent movies have done by imparting a moral tale without making it heavy or patronizing and while keeping a sense of humor. This movie definitely makes my top 20 movies of all time!
I'm a big fan of Tom Hanks after seeing Forrest Gump so I enjoyed this film as well.
The film is about Paul Edgecomb (Hanks) who is a prison officer on death row. A large black man, John Coffey (Michael Clark Duncan) is sent in and put on death row accused of the murder of two young girls. It's odd though because he's very gentle and well mannered despite what he is accused off and his size. As time goes on, we follow Paul Edgecomb and the other inmates as they wait to be executed and Paul gets to know John Coffey. Paul realises that John has unusual gifts that would be very useful to others. I won't say what it is as not to ruin anything for anyone who hasn't seen the film already. So now John knows more about John Coffey, will he still see him put on the electric chair?
It's hard to describe the film without giving away too much. There is the gentle inmate John Coffey, then you've got the wacky Wild Bill played by Sam Rockwell who is rude, arrogant and a complete lunatic! I found him incredibly funny in the film, the things he comes out with made me laugh out loud.
You also see some of the other prison guards, Brutus played by David Morse, Hal played by Jame cromwell and Percy Wetmore played by Doug Hutchinson to name a few. All of the wardens are actually nice to the inmates considering that they are on death row and they're really likeable except for Percy Wetmore. He is a sly little man who is really horrible to the inmates and cruel. He makes jibes about them being Dead men walking so you pretty much hate him in the film, I know I did.
There are some unusual twists in the film, some that I really liked. I like the character that Tom Hanks played, he was really sincere and genuine and Tom Hanks is a fantastic actor as well. Michael Duncan was also another fantastic actor in the movie, I've never seen him in anything else but would like to, he's like the big friendly giant.
There are some really sad parts of the film,you get to know some of the characters in the film and then they're off to be executed which is really sad but there are also some fun parts as well.
Overall, I love this film, it's one of my favourites because of a great cast and a great storyline. I'd definitely recommend it to you if you haven't already watched it because i love it.
The green mile is a horrendous yet beautiful film of shocking encounters with capital punishment within america and its gruesome and torturous consequences.
I watched the green mile a few years ago and yet it still haunts me to this day. I remember watching it in floods of tears and inexhaustable crying and emotion towards the freindship and love between the prisoner and his guard and yet this had to be so hidden through the brutality of the everyday routines leading each day to the death of the inmate through the electric chair. Set through the 1930s tom hanks who pays the main prison officer is greeted by a new inmate who has been accused and sentenced to death however this was a brutal case of misjustice as he was not guilty of the crime of murder.
The officer and inmate get to know one another and tom hanks becomes increasingly intrigued when this man holds supernatural powers of healing and a close connection bonds the pair of them.
The emotion connected with this film is astronomical and I as someone whom has been interested in the pschology of capital punishment for many years and the whys and wherefores of its nature was particularly traumatised by this film, however its an endeering powerful film and will have you grasped at the screen.
Each moment the accused man, a huge black man is presented you instantly feel the passion and empathy for him, his innocence is excrutiatingly apparent and this makes the situation souly more heartbraking. Significance is drawn to his powers and this is no more shown than through the resurrection he pursues with a mouse, he is shown to be such a beautiful gentle character and yet no one can dismiss and retrial him hence his death draws and is completed.
The brutality of some of the officers significantly makes you aware of the brutality that can occur within death row and the atrocity that has and occassionally can occur through the execution procedure. This brings an empathy of human nature and connection to the film like no other I have in fact watched and is devastatingly sad.
Note however this film does have incredibly vivid and detailed scenes of execution and therefore should be viewed with caution and not to be viewed at all by minors.
It will have you in tears, floods of for that matter but an incredible film to watch with another and the engrosment of human empathy will entice you furthur to the end.
If you've ever read a Stephen King novel, or even seen one of the extensive library of movie adaptations, then the Green Mile will seem like the ambrosia of film adaptations. With a fantastic portrayal of a head warden on Death Row by Tom Hanks, the Green Mile is an all time classic that will remain an empotional and psychological masterpiece for years to come. The film follows the story of the wardens on death row at a penitentiary, named the Green Mile instead of the Last Mile due to the green felt that coats the floor. Hank's faith in the human race is failing until a convicted murder, John Coffie (played my Michael Douglas), comes onto death row for killling and raping two little girls. However all is not as it seems and, as the film progresses, the extent of Coffie's powers becomes even more apparent.
This film is guarenteed to bring even the hardest of souls to an emotional state as the turmoil of the film unfolds. If you haven't seen it, then make sure you do because in my opinion you are missing out on an absolute gem of a movie.
"The book was better" has been the complaint of many a reader since the invention of films. The Green Mile is Frank Darabont's second adaptation of a Stephen King prison drama The Shawshank Redemption was the first) and is a very faithful adaptation of King's serial novel. In the middle of the Depression, Paul Edgecomb (Tom Hanks) runs death row at Cold Mountain Penitentiary. Into this dreary world walks a mammoth prisoner, John Coffey (Michael Duncan) who, very slowly, reveals a special gift that will change the men working and dying (in the electric chair, masterfully and grippingly staged) on the mile. As with King's book, Darabont takes plenty of time to show us Edgecomb's world before delving into John Coffey's mystery. With Darabont's superior storytelling abilities, his touch for perfect casting, and a leisurely 188-minute running time, his film brings to life nearly every character and scene from the novel. Darabont even improves the novel's two endings, creating a more emotionally satisfying experience. The running time may try patience, but those who want a story, as opposed to quick-fix entertainment, will be rewarded by this finely tailored tale. --Doug Thomas