The Green Mile

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Warner Bros. Released 1999

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Director:
Frank Darabont
Released:
1999
Rating:
R

The Green Mile takes place during the great depression. Paul Edgecomb is the head death row corrections officer at Cold Mountain Penitentiary who believes in treating his inmates with kindness and decency. In a dark time of desolation and struggle, a miracle occurs after gentle black giant John Coffee is brought in for raping and murdering a pair of young girls. The new inmate's tame demeanor and amazing gift makes Edgecomb suspect that he may be innocent. For John Coffee is no ordinary man, but one with miraculous powers to heal any illness - even death. However, in this harsh time of racism and misfortune, Edgecomb is alone in this belief. He is surrounded by psychopathic killers, mischievous guards, and a ticking clock that will surely take this miracle away. He must find a way to save a life when all that surrounds him is death.

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Metacritic Score

  • 70

    The New York Times Elvis Mitchell

    A film with a counterproductive tendency to take its time...but unassumingly strong, moving performances and Darabont's durable storytelling make it a trip worth taking just the same.

  • 70

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    An intermittently powerful and meticulously crafted drama that falls short of its full potential due to considerable over-length and some shopworn, simplistic notions at its center.

  • 40

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Moves with the suffocating deliberateness of a river of molasses.

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    • Production Budget - $60,000,000
      Domestic Gross - $136,801,374 (12th)
      Worldwide Gross - $286,801,374 (13th)

      Domestic Adjusted fro 2013 - $219,743,939
      Worldwide Adjusted for 2013 - $460,688,821

    • Other Production Companies:
      Castle Rock Entertainment
      Darkwoods Productions

    • Taglines:
      1. Miracles do happen.
      2. This is a story about a miracle where I work... The Green Mile.
      3. Paul Edgecomb didn't believe in miracles. Until the day he met one.
      4. Walk a mile you'll never forget.
      5. Miracles happen in the most unexpected places.

    • Filming locations include:
      Blowing Rock, North Carolina
      Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina
      Buffalo Valley, Tennessee
      Columbia, Tennessee
      Moses Cone National Park, Blowing Rock, North Carolina
      Lewisburg, Tennessee
      Nashville, Tennessee
      Nolensville, Tennessee
      Shelbyville, Tennessee
      Nashville, Tennessee
      Warner Brothers Burbank Studios, Burbank, California

    • Music:
      Charmaine
      Written by Lew Pollack and Erno Rapee
      Performed by Mantovanian
      Cheek to Cheek
      Written by Irving Berlin
      Performed by Fred Astaire
      Old Fashioned Love
      Written by James P. Johnson and Cecil Mack
      Performed by Eddy Howard
      Old Alabama
      Written and Recorded by Alan Lomax
      Performed by B.B. and Group
      I Can't Give You Anything But Love
      Written by Jimmy McHugh and Dorothy Fields
      Performed by Billie Holiday
      Star Dust
      Written by Mitchell Parish and Hoagy Carmichael
      Performed by Eddy Howard
      Three Little Words
      Written by Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby
      Performed by Duke Ellington
      Did You Ever See a Dream Walking
      Written by Harry Revel and Mack Gordon
      Performed by Gene Austin
      Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams (And Dream Your Troubles Away)
      Written by Ted Koehler, Billy Moll and Harry Barris
      Performed by Eddy Howard
      Charmaine
      Performed by Guy Lombardo and The Royal Canadians

    • Academy Awards Nominations:
      1. Picture
      2. Actor - Michael Clarke Duncan (won by Kevin Spacey for American Beauty)
      3. Adapted Screenplay
      4. Sound

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Themes

unlikely friendships, unexplained phenomena, bullies, social commentary, Crime