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The Green Mile

The Green Mile
The Green Mile
The Green Mile
  • R
  • 3h 9m
  • 1999
Certified Fresh79%
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From award-winning writer-director Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption) and best-selling author Stephen King's novel comes the story of a man who didn't believe in miracles. Multiple Academy Award winner Tom Hanks leads a dynamic cast in a tale about life, death and the wonders of the human spirit, The Green Mile. Death row head guard Paul Edgecomb (Hanks--Forrest Gump, Philadelphia) has walked many inmates down the stretch of green linoleum that leads to Louisiana's electric chair. But never has he encountered anyone like John Coffey (Michael Clarke Duncan--Armageddon), a massive black man convicted of brutally killing two little white girls. When pain cripples Edgecomb, Coffey reaches from behind bars to lay healing hands on the stricken guard and rid him of the infection that racks his body.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Certified Fresh79%
Critics Consensus: Though The Green Mile is long, critics say it's an absorbing, emotionally powerful experience.
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Compassionate movie, but has stereotypes, violence, cursing.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Green Mile is a 1999 movie based on a Stephen King novel in which a newly incarcerated man on Death Row has a miraculous gift. The film hasn't aged well, most notably in the way it leans on the "magical Black person" stereotype that dehumanizes Black characters by turning them into supernatural helpers of White main characters. Disability is also poorly rendered, as people with mental disabilities are shown as either extremely violent or extremely meek, evil or angelic, with nothing in between. In the film's most graphic scene, a man is brutally killed by a botched electric chair execution: He screams in excruciating pain as his skin visibly and audibly sizzles; comment is later made about how the smell of the execution will linger in the prison for a long time. A man is shown sitting in a field with two dead little girls in both arms. Audiences hear use of the "N" word, other slurs like "f--got" and "retarded," and the obsolete "colored" designation. Frequent profanity includes variations on "f--k." In a tense standoff with one of the incarcerated men, a guard wets his pants. Themes of racism, criminal justice, capital punishment, miracles, and faith even in the direst environments and the treatment of adults living in nursing homes are conveyed throughout this movie and may provoke discussion and debate between parents and mature teens.

A Lot or A Little?

The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
Positive Role Models
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:December 10, 1999
  • Languages:English, Spanish
  • Captions:English, Spanish
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  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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