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The Green Mile
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Starring: Tom Hanks, David Morse, Michael Clarke Duncan, Bonnie Hunt
MPAA Rated: R
Released By: Castle Rock Entertainment, Warner Bros.
Web Site: www.thegreenmile.com
Kiddie Movie: Don't even think about bringing them.
Date Movie: Sure.
Gratuitous Sex: Some talk.
Gratuitous Violence: Very graphic scenes of prisoners being electrocuted.
Action: Not really.
Laughs: Some adult chuckles.
Memorable Scene: When John Coffey gets rid of/exhales the Warden's wives illness.
Memorable Quote: One early on, while the old folks are watching Jerry Springer, and the one dude says "A bunch of inbred, trailer-trash. All they ever talk about is fucking." And an exchange between Paul and John: John - "Was your Mrs. pleased?" to which Paul replies "Several times."
Directed By: Frank Darabont
Produced By: David Valdes, Frank Darabont

The Green Mile
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - R

It's 3:08 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
I can honestly say that I forgot "The Green Mile" was based on a work by Stephen King until about mid-movie when it got a little weird. The trailer showed a prison movie about a miracle that was to come to the green mile, the holding block of prisoners waiting for death row, but it is that Stephen King influence that the trailer doesn't show. Not that that's a bad thing, but the trailer just misses a lot of the point about the movie.

Tom Hanks is in another great role as Paul, the head guard on the green mile. But this time it isn't Hanks who steals the scenes, it's Michael Clarke Duncan as John Coffey, the man put on death row for a crime he didn't commit. As the story opens we see Paul in an old folks home, with a secret to tell and he finally finds someone to tell it to. We find out Paul was that head guard on death row, trying to keep calm in a place where the prisoners know they are going to die.

It's hard enough for him to deal with the prisoners sometimes, but it's even harder for him to keep Percy, a complete asshole of a guard, in line. Enter John Coffey a really, really, really big dude, convicted of murdering two little girls, who is afraid of the dark. Paul is pretty sure John is innocent, but there isn't much he can do about it. Paul is also suffering from a horrible urinary infection that for the beginning of the movie will make most men in the theater squirm just a little every time Paul tries to go to the bathroom. In any case our story begins to unfold more as John heals Paul's pain, and Paul really begins to realize that John is a healer, an honest to God, for real, healer. He sucks out the illness and breathes it into the atmosphere, and it is at this point that I remembered the Stephen King connection. Weird but cool.

Well, as the story plays out we get into the life of the men on the green mile, some very sorry for the things they have done, others not sorry at all, and how a mouse brings a little joy to a bleak place befriending some of the prisoners (he's a much cooler mouse than Stuart Little).

There is more to this story, a lot more (the movie's almost three hours although it didn't really seem that long), but in telling you I'd just be giving away most of the cool twists and turns. I'll just finish the story wrap up by saying the movie shows that sometimes having a really cool gift can really be a nightmare.

"And the Oscar goes to…" "The Green Mile" had an early buzz as a contender for many of those little statues but I don't see it happening. Now don't get me wrong, I highly recommend you see "The Green Mile", but it's not one of those movie I think the academy people will think is great, maybe just a little weird. And maybe that's too bad, at least I hope not for Michael Clarke Duncan, who I thought was great in "Armageddon," (yea, I liked "Armageddon," phhhhffffttt!) but is just phenomenal as the gentle giant in "The Green Mile." Hanks does another great job, as usual, and the intertwining of the inmates and the guards is a great story, but the movie just misses a mark here and there. But go see it anyway.

Well, let's wrap this up. 4 ½ stars out of 5 for "The Green Mile." I really enjoyed the movie, it didn't seem like three hours, and thought Percy got what he deserved.

That's it for this one! I'm The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!

 

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