Green Mile (Blu-Ray/Digibook)

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on 6/5/2012

This film tries to be a little more than it actually is, but it still is moving at times. The story follows a security guard for a death row prison during the Great Depression. Michael Clarke Duncan really shows his stuff as a mysterious prisoner with supernatural abilities.

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Miracles happen in unexpected places, even on death row at Cold Mountain Penitentiary. There John Coffey, a prisoner with supernatural powers, brings a sense of spirit and humanity to his guards and fellow inmates. Tom Hanks leads a stellar cast, including Sam Rockwell (Moon), James Cromwell (Surrogates), David Morse (The Hurt Locker) and Michael Clarke Duncan (Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li) as Coffey, in this emotional, uplifting story of guards and captives; husbands and wives; prisoners and a remarkable mouse named Mr. Jingles; and, on another level, of a moviemaker and his source. Frank Darabont returns after his 1994 directorial debut, The Shawshank Redemption, to adapt another Stephen King tale into a crowd-pleasing entertainment nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture.


Studio Castle Rock HM Video
SKU 212931575
UPC 883929100309
UPC 14 00883929100309
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 7/23/2013
Rating Rating
Based On A Novel
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Director Frank Darabont's second adaptation of a Stephen King prison tale (the first being 1994's nearly flawless THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION) is a hopeful charmer with a hint of the supernatural. The story focuses on Paul Edgecomb (Tom Hanks), a Louisiana security guard who works on death row during the Great Depression. When John Coffey (Michael Clarke Duncan), a gigantic black man convicted of raping and murdering two white girls, joins the other prisoners on the row, Paul's life is forever altered. Coffey doesn't fit the mold of a psychopathic killer; he's kind, gentle, and afraid of the dark. As the story progresses, Edgecomb learns that there is something more than simple goodness to Coffey. Building to a hopeful climax, Darabont once again proves that he is King's most loyal cinematic translator. The film features uniformly excellent performances in leading and supporting roles, notably Duncan as Coffey; David Morse and Barry Pepper as Hanks's fellow prison guards; and Michael Jeter as condemned killer Edward Delacroix.
Plot Summary
Summary THE GREEN MILE, based on a Depression-era tale by Stephen King, tells the story of the unusual bond that is formed between Paul Edgecomb, a Louisiana security guard, and John Coffey, a gentle and gigantic inmate on death row.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "This big man is about to pull off your ears. Aren't you going to listen to him?"--Paul Edgecomb (Tom Hanks), regarding John Coffey (Michael Clarke Duncan)
Quote "On the day of my judgement, when I stand before God, and he asks me why did I kill one of his true miracles...what am I gonna say? That is was my job? My job?"--Paul Edgecomb to John Coffey
Variety "...[A] powerful and meticulously crafted drama....Hanks excels..." p.56-70
Entertainment Weekly "...[Hanks] is on par with his career-best work....A long walk to a worthwhile destination..." -- Rating: A- 06/16/2000 p.67
Chicago Sun-Times "...There are several sequences of powerful emotion in the film....It tells a story with beginning, middle, end, vivid characters, humor, outrage and emotional release..." 12/10/1999 p.35
Frank Darabont
Michael Clarke Duncan
Tom Hanks
Cast & Crew
Barry Pepper - Star
Graham Greene - Star
William Sadler - Star
Gary Sinise - Star
Jeffrey DeMunn - Star
Bonnie Hunt - Star
Michael Clarke Duncan - Star
Doug Hutchison - Star
Sam Rockwell - Star
Michael Jeter - Star
Harry Dean Stanton - Star
Dabbs Greer - Star
Tom Hanks - Star
Eve Brent - Star
David Morse - Star
Patricia Clarkson - Star
James Cromwell - Star
Frank Darabont - Screenwriter
Richard Francis-Bruce - Editor
Terence Marsh - Production Designer
Thomas Newman - Composer
David Tattersall - Director of Photography
Karyn Wagner - Costume Designer
Stephen King - Source Writer
Frank Darabont - Producer
David Valdes - Producer
Frank Darabont - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1999
UPC 00883929100309
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 188 minutes
Color Color
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.85:1
People's Choice (2001) The Green Mile, Winner, Favorite Dramatic Motion Picture,The Green Mile, Winner, Favorite Motion Picture
Oscar (2000) Frank Darabont, Nominee, Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published,Frank Darabont, David Valdes, Nominee, Best Picture,Michael Clarke Duncan, Nominee, Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Screen Actors Guild (2000) Michael Clarke Duncan, Nominee, Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role,Tom Hanks et, al., Nominee, Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Theatrical Motion Picture
Golden Globe (2000) Michael Clarke Duncan, Nominee, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Image Award (2000) Michael Clarke Duncan, Nominee, Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
MTV Award (2000) Michael Clarke Duncan, Nominee, Breakthrough Male Performance
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review "We think of this place like an intensive care ward of a hospital." So says Paul Edgecomb, who is in charge of Death Row in a Louisiana penitentiary during the Depression. Paul (Tom Hanks) is a nice man, probably nicer than your average Louisiana Death Row guard, and his staff is competent and humane -- all except for the loathsome Percy, whose aunt is married to the governor, and who could have any state job he wants, but likes it here because "he wants to see one cook up close." One day a new prisoner arrives. He is a gigantic black man, framed by the low-angle camera to loom over the guards and duck under doorways. This is John Coffey ("like the drink, only not spelled the same"), and he has been convicted of molesting and killing two little white girls. From the start it is clear he is not what he seems. He is afraid of the dark, for one thing. He is straightforward in shaking Paul's hand--not like a man with anything to be ashamed of...The movie is a shade over three hours long. I appreciated the extra time, which allows us to feel the passage of prison months and years. Stephen King, sometimes dismissed as merely a best-seller, has in his best novels some of the power of Dickens, who created worlds that enveloped us and populated them with colorful, peculiar, sharply seen characters. King in his strongest work is a storyteller likely to survive as Dickens has, despite the sniffs of the litcrit establishment...By taking the extra time, Darabont has made King's The Green Mile into a story which develops and unfolds, which has detail and space. The movie would have been much diminished at two hours--it would have been a series of episodes without context. As Darabont directs it, it tells a story with beginning, middle, end, vivid characters, humor, outrage and emotional release. Dickensian.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 9
Product Attributes
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Andrew O'Hehir, Above all a cracking good yarn that earns its laughter, its wonder and its tears.
Christopher Brandon, TNT RoughCut So moving, so memorable, so magically produced, it's going to delight millions of movie fans and sweep the Oscars.

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