A supernatural tale set on death row in a Southern prison, where gentle giant John Coffey possesses the mysterious power to heal people's ailments. When the cellblock's head guard, Paul Edgecomb, recognizes Coffey's miraculous gift, he tries desperately to help stave off the condemned man's execution.
|Release Date||:||December 10, 1999|
|Genres||:||Fantasy, Drama, Crime|
|Production Company||:||Castle Rock Entertainment, Darkwoods Productions, Warner Bros.|
|Production Countries||:||United States of America|
|Director||:||Frank Darabont, Susan Malerstein, Alan B. Curtiss|
|Writers||:||Frank Darabont, Stephen King|
|Casts||:||Tom Hanks, Michael Clarke Duncan, David Morse, Bonnie Hunt, James Cromwell, Patricia Clarkson, Michael Jeter, Sam Rockwell, Graham Greene, Doug Hutchison, Barry Pepper, Jeffrey DeMunn, Harry Dean Stanton, Gary Sinise, Dabbs Greer, Eve Brent, William Sadler, Mack Miles, Rai Tasco, Paula Malcomson, Brian Libby, Brent Briscoe, Bill McKinney, Rachel Singer, Scotty Leavenworth, Bill Gratton, Dee Croxton, Rebecca Klingler, Gary Imhoff, Van Epperson, Phil Hawn, Ted Hollis, Robert Malone|
|Plot Keywords||:||southern u.s., black people, mentally disabled, indian, heal, death row, cystitis, jail guard, prison guard, electric chair, healing, death row inmate|
Frank Darabont returns to the directors chair with another adaptation of Stephen Kings novel. The events take place at a death row, the guards call the green mile. The story is a layered, rather character-driven fantasy tale of the events that transpire at "the mile" after the arrival of a giant man, John Coffey (Michael Duncan), convicted of the murder of two small girls. Actually this is not one single story, but several tied together seamlessly.
A character-driven movie requires a lot from the cast, and fortunately when it comes to cast, The Green Mile delivers. As the poster of the movie tells, this movie stars Tom Hanks as Paul Edgecomb, senior prison guard of the mile, and as always he performs very well indeed. Yet the cast around him is even more spectacular, perhaps partially due to them being relatively unknown. With a face you know, one inevitably remembers previous performances, and the new role is coloured by this. Doug Hutchison as Percy Wetmore, a mean spirited prison guard was particularly impressive, yet his character could have been given more depth. The most captivating was the performance of Michael Duncan.
It is hard to find a flaw in this movie. The camerawork is superb, cast wonderful and direction flawless. The movie's considerable length, a bit over three hours, is something that had me worried. Yet the marvellous cast and the peaceful yet firm pace of the movie held my attention progressively through the three hours right to the touching culmination. Many will find this movie to be too long, but I for one was delighted of the style, combination of simplicity of events and depth of characters and conversation.
All in all the The Green Mile is a very touching drama, with the joys and sorrows of the life pictured with great skill, if not the best movie of the year. Five out of five.