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The Green Mile (1999)


Written by Tim Dirks

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The Green Mile (1999)

In director Frank Darabont's fantasy drama/prison film about the recollections of a mid-1930s prison guard, mostly told in flashback - named about the tiled green linoleum flooring of the Death Row facility at the Cold Mountain Correctional Institution:

  • the scenes of the supernatural powers of illiterate, mystical child/giant and faith healer - black condemned convict John Coffey (Michael Clarke Duncan), who was being punished for an alleged crime (the rape/murder of two young white girls) that he didn't commit; after blowing life into the crushed body of a small brown mouse (Mr. Jingles) (owned by fellow prisoner Eduard "Del" Delacroix (Michael Jeter)), a bright glow emanated and the mouse was resurrected
  • in addition, the healings of 44 year-old Louisiana death row prison guard Paul Edgecomb's (Tom Hanks) serious bladder infection, and the terminal brain tumor of Chief Warden Hal Moores' (James Cromwell) wife Melinda (Patricia Clarkson) (Coffey sucked the illness from her mouth); Paul realized Coffey's miraculous power and innocence: "I do not see God putting a gift like that into the hands of a man who would kill a child"
  • the scene of the botched, deliberately-sabotaged execution of Delacroix, when his flesh was literally fried and caught on fire as he slowly and painfully died; mean-spirited, vengeful guard Percy Wetmore (Doug Hutchinson) had deliberately not wet the sponge used to quickly and efficiently conduct the electricity into Delacroix' body
Delacroix' Painful Execution
  • the startling sequence of sadistic guard Percy, who was infected with the evil taken from Melinda's body, and after becoming crazed, he shot William Wharton another mass murderer (the one really responsible for Coffey's alleged crimes), dead in his cell
  • the execution of the doomed and noble Coffey by the electric chair who urged his death ("I want it to be over and done with...I'm tired of all the pain I feel and hear in the world every day. There's too much of it. It's like pieces of glass") - and the moment Coffey shared his gifted power with head death row prison guard Paul as he was being electrocuted -- and sang "Heaven, I'm in heaven... heaven... heaven..." - from the movie Top Hat; Paul agreed that a required black hood wouldn't cover his head, because he feared the dark. Edgecomb pronounced: "May God have mercy on your soul," and then hesitated for a long time before giving the fatal order. He first shook Coffey's hand as he remembered his words, spoken in voice-over: "He kill them wi' their love. That's how it is every day, all over the world"
Prison Guard Paul Edgecomb
  • the bittersweet ending in which Edgecomb, revealed to now be a 108 year-old man (Dabbs Greer) in a retirement home and bestowed with the 'gift of life', where every day he still fed a piece of dry toast to gray-haired Jingles; and his speech about outliving all of his friends and families, regarded as his punishment: ("I'm 108 years old, Elaine. I was 44 the year that John Coffey walked the Green Mile. You mustn't blame John. He couldn't help what happened. He was just a force of nature. Oh, I've lived to see some amazing things, Ellie. Another century come to pass. But I've, I've had to see my friends and loved ones die off through the years. Hal and Melinda, Brutus Howell, my wife, my boy. And you, Elaine. You'll die, too. And my curse is knowing that I'll be there to see it. It's my atonement, you see. It's my punishment for letting John Coffey ride the lightnin'. For killin' a miracle of God...You'll be gone like all the others. I'll have to stay. Oh, I'll die eventually. Of that I'm sure. I have no illusions of immortality. But I will have wished for death long before death finds me. In truth, I wish for it already...I lie in bed most nights thinkin' about it. And I wait. I think about all the people I've loved, now long gone. I think about my beautiful Jan, how I lost her so many years ago. And I think about all of us walkin' our own Green Mile, each in our own time. But one thought more than any other keeps me awake most nights. If he could make a mouse live so long, how much longer do I have? We each owe a death. There are no exceptions. But, oh, God, sometimes, the Green Mile seems so long")

John Coffey's Alleged Crime

Mr. Jingles

Life Blown into Mr. Jingles' Body

The Miraculous Healing of Melinda

Percy Infected with Evil

Coffey's Execution

108 Year-Old Edgecomb in Nursing Home

Mr. Jingles


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