The Green Mile

When a prison guard discovers that a death row inmate possesses mysterious powers, he tries desperately to prevent the condemned man’s execution.

Year: 1999
Certificate: 18
Runtime: 3hr 8m
Director: Frank Darabont
Starring: Tom HanksMichael Clarke DuncanDavid MorseBonnie HuntJames CromwellMichael JeterGraham GreeneDoug HutchisonSam RockwellBarry PepperJeffrey DeMunnPatricia ClarksonHarry Dean StantonGary Sinise

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Let’s face it when it comes to big screen adaptations of Stephen King’s stories they are a mixed bag. Many are good but few stand out in quite the same way as Frank Darabont’s 1999 classic “The Green Mile”.

The film follows Paul Edgecomb (Tom Hanks) as he recalls his time back in the 1930’s working as a corrections officer in a prison’s death row wing known as The Green Mile.  There he witnesses extraordinary events after a huge yet seemingly gentle man known as John Coffee (Michael Clarke Duncan) gets placed on The Mile after being convicted of the rape and murder of two young girls. Once there he starts to show he has a gift to heal others.

Due to his gift and gentle nature Paul starts to realise perhaps all isn’t as it seems and starts to question his role in the world.

This movie is simply beautiful. It’s wonderfully written and crafted and stands the test of time over twenty years after its initial release.  The use of lighting to convey and exaggerate emotional scenes works a treat and, coupled with every member of the cast giving an amazing performance, builds a truly magical yet sombre world.

Apart from a couple of time relevant continuity errors I really have nothing bad to say. It’s a well paced emotionally driven drama that to this day stands out as the very best adaption of any of Stephen King’s stories.

If you’ve already watched it then now is the time to watch it again and if you haven’t what are you waiting for?

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