Film: The Green Mile Sept 8, 2020 10:57:25 GMT -5
Post by Radrook Admin on Sept 8, 2020 10:57:25 GMT -5
Film: The Green Mile
I have very little negative to say about this film. Both the acting and the theme cooperated to make it a very memorable movie which one always enjoys seeing repeatedly. The only chink that I found in the believability area was how the main seurity guard, Paul, played by Tom Hanks, responded to knowing that the giant black prisoner, John Coffey (Michael Clarke Duncan),who possessed miraculous healing powers, such s the ressurection of an animal, which could only have been granted by God and the healing of Paul's urinary infection as well as healing the incurable and bedridden dying woman.
Paul seems to have accepted all this a bit too casually and did not really appear to care enough to prove Coffey's innocence even after having been provided with a vivid vision of who really committed the crime for which Coffey was to be electrocuted. For the rest of the film, after expressingt his gratitude for having been healed by providing Coffey with some homemade bakings, Paul just seems to calmly accept that the execution of Coffey must take place regardless.
However, from both novel writer's writer's [Stephan King] and a director's viewpoint, this is totally understandable and necessary since if Tom, is provided with an obsessive concern to prove Coffey's innocence, then film would have taken a completely different route. After all, the film is about a God-blessed, innocent man being unjustly accused and then executed. So going off on a tangent in that way it would have been totally inconsistent with the theme.
Director Frank Darabont, who made an acclaimed feature film debut with The Shawshank Redemption (1994), based on a
Stephen King novel set in a prison, returns for a second feature, based on King's 1996 serialized novel set in a prison. In 1935, inmates at the Cold Mountain Correctional Facility call Death Row "The Green Mile" because of the dark green linoleum that tiles the floor.
Paul Edgecomb (Tom Hanks) is the head guard on the Green Mile when a new inmate is brought into his custody: John Coffey (Michael Clarke Duncan), convicted of the sadistic murder of two young girls. Despite his size and the fearsome crimes for which he's serving time, Coffey seems to be a kind and well-mannered person who behaves more like an innocent child than a hardened criminal.
Soon Edgecomb and two of his fellow guards, Howell (David Morse) and Stanton Barry Pepper), notice something odd about Coffey: he's able to perform what seem to be miracles of healing among his fellow inmates, leading them to wonder just what sort of person he could be, and if he could have committed the crimes with which he was charged.
The Green Mile also stars James Cromwell as the warden; Michael Jeter, Sam Rockwell, and Graham Greene as inmates awaiting dates with the electric chair; and Harry Dean Stanton as a clever trustee. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
THE GREEN MILE1999
THE GREEN MILE
Though The Green Mile is long, critics say it's an absorbing, emotionally powerful experience.
Total Count: 134
User Ratings: 813,734
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Rating: R (for violence, language and some sex-related material)
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By: Frank Darabont
Written By: Frank Darabont
In Theaters: Dec 10, 1999 Wide
On Disc/Streaming: Jun 13, 2000
Runtime: 188 minutes
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
Michael Clarke Duncan