18 certificateThe Green Mile is a Film programme that first aired in 1999 and has been classified a 18 certificate.

The Green Mile is a 3 star programme

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The Green Mile (1999)

Directed by
Frank Darabont

After The Shawshank Redemption, director Frank Darabont stayed "inside" for the Oscar-nominated The Green Mile, set in Death Row of a 1930s Louisiana penitentiary. Taken from the book written by Stephen King and famous for being issued in episodic segments, the title refers to the strip of lino leading from the condemned cell to the room holding the electric chair. Death Row is presided over by Paul Edgecomb (Tom Hanks), who believes in the quiet life for himself, colleagues and charges.

The poison in the pot comes from Percy Wetmore (Doug Hutchison), a relative of the governor who just wants to see a man electrocuted, but the real change comes in the shape of gentle man mountain John Coffey (Michael Clarke Duncan), convicted of the brutal murder of two little girls. But Coffey has a special skill - he can heal, or "take things back", as he calls it, and he cures both Paul's infection and the warden wife's cancer. But as Percy and crazed prisoner Wild Bill Wharton (Sam Rockwell) upset the peace of The Green Mile, Paul begins to wonder just who it is he will be executing...

Nearly three hours in the telling, Darabont uses the luxury of length to establish then expand both the characters and the plot, gently showing how Coffey's gift is spiritual rather than supernatural. Hanks' outstanding performance underpins the film but the whole cast breathe life into their characters in a satisfying, almost Dickensian manner.

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Genre: Film

Running Time: 100 minutes (approx)

Production Year: 1999

3/5 Stars

Classification: 18 Certificate

Production Country: USA

Filmed in Colour

When is The Green Mile next on TV?

It's next showing on Film4 September 6th, 9:00pm and on Film4 Plus 1 September 6th, 10:00pm. See more...


Image for Tom HanksTom Hanks...Paul Edgecomb
Image for David MorseDavid Morse...Brutus "Brutal" Howell
Bonnie Hunt...Jan Edgecomb
Image for Michael Clarke DuncanMichael Clarke Duncan...John Coffey
Image for James CromwellJames Cromwell...Warden Hal Moores
Michael Jeter...Eduard Delacroix
Graham Greene...Arlen Bitterbuck
Doug Hutchison...Percy Wetmore
Image for Sam RockwellSam Rockwell...'Wild Bill' Wharton
Image for Barry PepperBarry Pepper...Dean Stanton
Image for Jeffrey DeMunnJeffrey DeMunn...Harry Terwilliger
Image for Patricia ClarksonPatricia Clarkson...Melinda Moores
Image for Harry Dean StantonHarry Dean Stanton...Toot-Toot
Dabbs Greer...Old Paul Edgecomb
Image for Eve BrentEve Brent...Elaine Connelly