Review for The Green Mile - the movie

Director: Frank Darabont
Screenplay: Frank Darabont, Stephen King
Actors: Tom Hanks, Sam Rockwell
Released: 1999
Genre: Drama
German Title: The Green Mile
Paul Edgecombe is the head security guard of Cold Mountain Penitentiary in the middle of The Great Depression. He heads E Block, what is more commonly known as Death Row. Paul tells the tale of John Coffey, a prisoner convicted of murdering two twin girls, and sentenced to die. He is a large black man who seems to be slightly retarded. He tells Paul "I couldn't help it, boss," and Paul takes that as a confession of helpless first. Because there are things hidden within John Coffey, and things hidden in E Block as well. Little things like mice named Mr. Jingles...

A perfect movie. It has everything an excellent movie needs. A great story, terrific actors and outstanding direction. I love Tom Hanks and Sam Rockwell. The plot is gripping. The cruelest moments left me shaken. The ending is so sad I was barely able to watch it. But I did. More than once. I wished every movie after a King story could be this excellent.


Stephen King