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The Green Mile

drama, sci-fi & fantasy

Nominated for 4 Academy Awards, including Best Picture! Oscar-winning superstar Tom Hanks stars in this moving Stephen King bestselling story.

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 16
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
1 out of 5
3 out of 5
2 out of 5
3 out of 5

Thoughtful, intelligent movie for older teens.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie has a horrifyingly graphic execution scene. Talk to teens who see the movie about Coffey's wish to be put out of his misery, which could be seen by sensitive kids as an argument in favor of suicide.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the idea that a person might have an extraordinary talent to heal, where that power might come from, and what the responsibilities and burdens might be. Must that ability be accompanied, as it is in John Coffey, with the agonizing experience of "feeling the pain of the world?" Can a person be a healer without experiencing the pain he relieves in others? Must a person whose entire existence is about healing be willing to destroy? What can be healed, and what can not? And why set this story on Death Row? The characters tell us that "What happens on the Mile stays on the Mile. Always has." What rules are different in these direst of circumstances, and why?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: The supernatural elements carry an undeniable emotional charge, but the solution to the underlying murder mystery is disappointingly tidy and trite.

- Derek Adams, Time Out, Saturday, June 24, 2006

Rotten: Overextending its welcome by a whole hour, Frank Darabont's film is the most commercially popular adaptation of a Stephen King novella, but also the dullest and slowest, a retro prison drama with something for everyone and not much for discerning viewers

- Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com, Thursday, June 24, 2010


- Gary Brown, Houston Community Newspapers, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

4 stars

Author Stephen King is good at touching folks' hearts as he is scaring the wits out of them. Case in point...Exhibit A: "The Shawshank Redemption". Exhibit B: "The Green Mile",released around Christmas of 1999,was also based on a short story by Stephen King and was also based inside the confinement of a state prison. Michael Clarke-Duncan(in his feature film debut was nominated for the Oscar of Best Supporting Actor)plays a mentally challenged man sent to death row for a double murder in 1930's Louisiana(at the height of the Jim Crow South). As the head guard,Tom Hanks(Oscar nominated for Best Actor),gets to know him,he realizes that he is not only the new but strange inmate,but possesses very special powers. With a strong supporting cast that includes David Morse,Bonnie Hunt,Michael Jeter, along with Sam Rockwell and James Cromwell,"The Green Mile" was one of the best dramas to come out of the 1990's,and it made Tom Hanks "the James Stewart of our generation".

- rayman0071, Wednesday, October 6, 2010

4 stars

Extremely long, but very good movie. As you would expect from a Stephen King story, something a bit different and a lot of detail put into all the characters. The story was very sad also.

- romy861, Saturday, September 4, 2010

3 stars

i thought it was okay but there were some boring part but I liked other parts in the movie. B-

- bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb1, Thursday, June 24, 2010