The Green Mile – 1999 – English
Film directed in 1999 by Frank Darabont, and starring Tom Hanks, Michael Clarke Duncan, David Morse, Doug Hutchison, Sam Rockwell, Barry Pepper, Jeffrey DeMunn, Michael Jeter, Bonnie Hunt, James Cromwell, Gary Sinise, Patricia Clarkson, Graham Greene, Harry Dean Stanton, William Sadler, Paula Malcomson, Dabbs Greer, Brian Libby, Bailey Drucker…
Synopsis: Death Row guards at a penitentiary, in the 1930’s, have a moral dilemma with their job when they discover one of their prisoners, a convicted murderer, has a special gift.
Review: The Green Mile is one of my favorite Stephen King books and I have read it several times. I was anxiously anticipating the film version, but was concerned that the emotional impact of the book could not be replicated on screen. Fortunately this wonderful story was adapted by Frank Darabont, who did such a magnificent job bringing King’s Shawshank Redemption to the screen. He does the same high quality work with The Green Mile.
The story is faithful to the book, only losing details that were not important to the story anyway. The casting is superb – every actor is perfectly suited for his role and does an excellent job, although I would like to single out Doug Hutchison. His portrayal of the detestable Percy is right on the mark and suggests complexities in this character I had not discovered in the book.
The length is about three hours and it seems that critics are complaining about that. I can’t understand the complaints. The film never drags and is never dull, and it certainly didn’t feel three hours long. The length is needed to tell this story the way it should be told, and the story is so very engrossing. Best of all, Darabont and the actors bring so much emotion ot the screen, that I cried like a baby through several scenes. The Green Mile will haunt you.