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- mintex03Apr 14, 2012by
THE GREEN MILE (DVD, 2000)
It's 1933 and in the Louisiana State Penetentiary, Paul Edgecomb (Tom Hanks) is captain of the guards on the "Green Mile", or as it is beat known, Death Row. He and his associates must keep the calm, and when the time comes, perform the ultimate, execution by electric chair. This is a dreadful place. This story delves into the personal lives of both the guards, and the prisoners. Irregardless of which side of the bars, they are all human and they all have a story and a fate, though some much different than the others. One day, John Coffee arrives on the Mile. He has been convicted of murdering two children and is sentenced to die. He is huge. He looks to be 6'8" and about 350 pounds. Soon however, it becomes apparent that this man may not be guilty. He has a gentleness in him, and a gift of healing. This man is one of God's special creations, and they have to execute him. This is a touching, heart wrenching story that is very well produced. Tom Hanks turns in another great performance an this movie will surely please all.Read full review
- larryhuckleberr...Sep 12, 2011by
Sorrow, sadness, dismay, but a very good movie. It hit's home real quick...
What this movie interprets is man in an era of evolving. All the hatred and racial delimas of that time. Where it was so easy to put the blame on a black man. Here was this innocent kind person with a special gift that was not only terrorized, because he couldn't save the little girls lives, but having to die for something that he never did in the savage and brutal electric chair. He cured one man, brought a mouse back to life. He saved a woman from pschological total breakdown and he saw the bad guys past that showed him who killed the little girls. In the early depression days of the 30's there was a lot of ignorance going on and there were a lot of very bad folks. Set in their ways. This story kind of draws that out into the open. An absolutely fantastic movie. I was moved to tears. You couldn't ask for a better movie.Read full review
- truvizion5hh1Oct 30, 2013by
THE GREEN MILE MORE THAN A MOVIE
Awesome and Michael C. Duncan shined. We have in life walked his walk and also the green mile especially what we have seen in rehab places. Many if these places you never get out of so the choice is live it like you are bonkers or walk to and embrace death.
This movie speaks love, anguish and every emotion possible.
Great cast and movie.
- 21man52Jul 07, 2011by
Glad to now own on DVD so we can watch it over and over again.
This Movie ranks up there as one of the best films you will ever see Tom Hanks in. His portrayal of the Head Guard on the Green Mile on Death row is amazing and all who are in it are outstanding performances. This movie will keep you glued to your seat from start to end and will have you crying whether your young or old. John Coffe like the drink but not spelled the same is one of those wonderful gifts sent to do Gods work in special ways and ending that life as a Murderer does just that. It proves that the innocent can be found guilty of doing nothing wrong but being in the wrong place at the wrong time. My wife and i enjoyed this movie so much that when we finished watching it, we took it over to some friends house who had never seen it and watched it again. This is truly one of Tom Hanks best right along with Castaway and Forrest Gump. Well done.Read full review
- sheba1624Jun 18, 2009by
Hanks & Duncan
"The book was better" has been the complaint of many a reader since the invention of movies. Frank Darabont's second adaptation of a Stephen King prison drama (The Shawshank Redemption was the first) is a very faithful adaptation of King's serial novel. In the middle of the Depression, Paul Edgecomb (Tom Hanks) runs death row at Cold Mountain Penitentiary. Into this dreary world walks a mammoth prisoner, John Coffey (Michael Duncan) who, very slowly, reveals a special gift that will change the men working and dying (in the electric chair, masterfully and grippingly staged) on the mile . As with King's book, Darabont takes plenty of time to show us Edgecomb's world before delving into John Coffey's mystery. With Darabont's superior storytelling abilities, his touch for perfect casting, and a leisurely 188-minute running time, his movie brings to life nearly every character and scene from the novel. Darabont even improves the novel's two endings, creating a more emotionally satisfying experience. The running time may try patience, but those who want a story, as opposed to quick-fix entertainment, will be rewarded by this finely tailored tale. --Doug Thomas
On the DVD
Listen to our interview with Frank Darabont.
Anyone who has seen this Oscar-nominated film knows Frank Darabont likes to t-a-k-e h-i-s t-i-m-e. He certainly does the same in filling all three hours of his commentary track which he recorded over several sessions. Darabont has studied other DVDs and purposely does not repeat tidbits covered in the excellent new 90-minute documentary on author Stephen King and the making of the film. Other solid segments are two deleted scenes, a never-used teaser trailer, and Michael Duncan Clarke's screen test. The highlight is two remarkable tests of Tom Hanks in old-age makeup. Both are very credible, but it was decided to use another actor. The outcome is a DVD that puts the "special" back into the special edition. --Doug Thomas
Miracles happen in unexpected places, even on death row at Cold Mountain Penitentiary. There John Coffey, a prisoner with supernatural powers, brings a sense of spirit and humanity to his guards and fellow inmates. Tom Hanks leads a stellar cast (including Michael Clarke Duncan as Coffey) in this emotional, uplifting story of guards and captives; husbands and wives; prisoners and a remarkable mouse named Mr. Jingles; and, on another level, of a moviemaker and his source. Frank Darabont returns after his 1994 directorial debut The Shawshank Redemption to adapt another Stephen King tale into a crowd-pleasing entertainment nominated for four Academy Awards?, including Best Picture.Read full review