Green Mile

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Great Plot

on 5/28/2012

I thought that this movie was brilliantly portrayed. I felt that the cinematography could have been a little better, and some of the parts were fairly cheesy. However, the acting was amazing and the plot twist was captivating. I highly recommend this movie, Read More

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Product Overview

Miracles happen in unexpected places, even in the death-row cellblock at Cold Mountain Penitentiary. There John Coffey, a gentle giant of a prisoner with supernatural powers, brings a sense of spirit and humanity to his guards and fellow inmates.

Tom Hanks leads a stellar ensemble (including Michael Clarke Duncan 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. That filmmaker is Frank Darabont, who returns after his 1994 directorial debut The Shawshank Redemption to adapt another tale by Stephen King into stirring, crowd-pleasing entertainment nominated for 4 Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

Specifications

Studio Castle Rock HM Video
SKU 204364798
UPC 053939273328
UPC 14 00053939273328
Format DVD
Release Date 1/29/2013
Rating Rating
Keywords
1930s
Based On A Novel
Crime
Prison
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
Reviews
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
Directors
Frank Darabont
Actors
Michael Clarke Duncan
Tom Hanks
Cast & Crew
Bonnie Hunt - Actor
David Morse - Actor
David Tattersall - Cinematographer
David Valdes - Producer
Frank Darabont - Screenplay
Frank Darabont - Producer
Frank Darabont - Director
Gary Sinise - Actor
James Cromwell - Actor
Michael Clarke Duncan - Actor
Patricia Clarkson - Actor
Richard Francis-Bruce - Editor
Sam Rockwell - Actor
Stephen King - Based On Novel By
Terence Marsh - Production Designer
Thomas Newman - Original Music By
Tom Hanks - Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1999
Catalog ID 2733
UPC 00053939273328
Number of Discs 1
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Awards
Winner (2001) People's Choice, The Green Mile, Favorite Dramatic Motion Picture,People's Choice, The Green Mile, Favorite Motion Picture
Nominee (2000) Golden Globe, Michael Clarke Duncan, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture,Image Award, Michael Clarke Duncan, Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture,MTV Award, Michael Clarke Duncan, Breakthrough Male Performance,Oscar, Michael Clarke Duncan, Best Actor in a Supporting Role,Oscar, Frank Darabont, David Valdes, Best Picture,Oscar, Robert J. Litt, et. al., Best Sound,Oscar, Frank Darabont, Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published
Reviews
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review "For his second movie behind the camera, director Frank Darabont has returned to familiar territory. As was the case with The Shawshank Redemption, his previous outing, Darabont has found the basis of his latest in a product of the prolific pen of Stephen King. However, while The Green Mile also takes place in a prison environment, this story introduces an element that was absent from The Shawshank Redemption: the supernatural. And, unlike most King-inspired motion pictures, this is not a horror film. Instead, it's a story of redemption and an affirmation that miracles can be found in the most improbable of places. That makes The Green Mile a dour movie with an uplifting message...Darabont's manipulation is skillful, but it's also apparent. The Green Mile is one of those ""not a dry eye"" in the theater motion pictures...Nevertheless, it is reasonable to point out that, taken on its own terms, i>The Green Mile works; it is an affecting motion picture."
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Reel.com
Review "On the surface, The Green Mile is shameless Oscar bait. It's got Tom Hanks sporting a Forrest Gump-y accent. It's directed by Shawshank Redemption helmer Frank Darabont and based on Shawshank author Stephen King's novella series. It borrows Dead Man Walking's hot-button issue -- the death penalty -- and revolves around a pasteurized African-American saint a la Driving Miss Daisy. It's got the soft camerawork of Quiz Show, the gentle soundtrack of Good Will Hunting, and old-timer flashbacks lifted straight from Saving Private Ryan. Hell, it screams ""tearjerker!"" so loudly, they should hand out souvenir Kleenex packs at the ticket counter...At the core, The Green Mile is one of the most moving films of the year...If all this heartstring-tugging reeks of cheese, that's because it is -- the finest gourmet cheese Hollywood's made in a long, long time."
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Reviewer Tor Thorsen
ReviewRating 8
Features
DVD, Widescreen, English, French, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Hanks,Tom
Label Warner Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
David Sheehan, CBS-TV Unquestionably the best picture of the year.
Janet Maslin, The New York Times ...strong, moving performances and Darabont's durable storytelling make it a trip worth taking...
Joel Siegel, Good Morning America Great filmmaking. Great story. Great storytelling.
Jonathan Foreman, New York Post A reminder of just how good Hollywood storytelling can be.
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times Thumbs up!
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