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
Frank Darabont, the same writer and director behind the powerhouse The Shawshank Redemption delivers once again!!! Side note: Both movies were Stephen KIng adaptations and Spunk who courageously played Mr. Jingles was quoted citing "I am disgusted at my Oscar snub, a true slap in my rodent face."
Based on a story by horror scribe Stephen King, this 3-hour film has a lot going for it. Motifs of good vs. evil dominate, contrasting warm, selfless characters with others who personify humanity's ugliness. It also credits God with endowing miracle workers.
Frank Darabont is one of the greatest directors to have handled Stephen King’s works - all three of his collaborations with the horror legend are incredible movies on their own terms, from the themes of dreams and liberation in Shawshank Redemption to the grotesque terror seen in The Mist. The Green Mile, like its jail film companion Shawshank, juxtaposes the stale green linoleum floors and barred windows of prison with a man’s innocent, almost childlike perception of the world and his ability to heal. The Green Mile is a great movie, through and through, and its Blu-ray delivers a faithful watching experience. It shipped in great condition, features high quality video and audio, and has Tom Hanks. It’s awesome, even if the massive accolades on the top take away from the display.