The Green Mile: American Drama Film Nominated for Four Academy Awards

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The Green Mile

Nominated for four Academy Awards, The Green Mile is a 1999 American drama film directed by Frank Darabont and adapted by him from the 1996 Stephen King novel of the same name. The film is told in a flashback format and stars Tom Hanks as Paul Edgecomb and Michael Clarke Duncan as John Coffey with supporting roles by David Morse, Bonnie Hunt, and James Cromwell. The film tells the story of Paul's life as a death row corrections officer during the Great Depression in the United States, and the supernatural events he witnessed.

Watching the film Top Hat, Paul Edgecomb begins to cry. His elderly friend Elaine shows concern for him and Paul tells her that the film reminded him of when he was a corrections officer in charge of Death Row inmates at Cold Mountain Penitentiary during the summer of 1935. The “Green Mile”, named after a stretch of faded lime-green linoleum, is the cell block where Paul worked. Prisoners were said to be walking “their last mile” to the electric chair.

John Coffey, a giant African American man convicted of raping and killing two young white girls, arrives on death row. John shows all the normal characteristics of being a "gentle giant": soft-spoken, shy / keeping to himself, crying often and a fear of darkness. John soon reveals that he has amazing healing powers by eliminating Paul’s urinary infection and bringing a mouse back from the dead. Eventually, he healed the wife of the prison warden who suffered from a brain tumor. John’s only response when asked to explain his powers was “I took it back”.

Percy Wetmore, a sadistic hot-head packed with a bunch of attitude starts work on the “Green Mile”. He "knows people, big people" because he is the nephew of the governor’s wife. This in effect prevents Paul or anybody else from doing anything significant to end his tirade. Percy notices that the other officers have a great distain for him and he uses that information to his favor to be able to manage the next...
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