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'The Green Mile (1999)' Movie Review: Believe

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The Green Mile


The Green Mile is very long but in reality is only about 150 feet or so. Paul Edgecomb (Tom Hanks), Brutus Howell (David Morse), Dean Stanton (Barry Pepper), Harry Terwilliger (Jeffrey DeMunn) and Percy Wetmore (Doug Hutchison) are the guards of the Green Mile. You see the Green Mile is death row at the local prison. Their lives are about to change forever.

A man sentenced to death by the name of John Coffey (Michael Clarke Duncan) is about to become a resident. The story starts off with Paul as an old man and he is telling the story to a friend some many years later. John Coffey was no ordinary man. He has a special power to make things better. Another inmate of the mile was Eduard Delacroix (Michael Jeter). Del as he was called was allowed to have a pet mouse by the name of Mr. Jingles. Now Percy was a mean guard and he didn't want to be on the mile. He was to be transferred to another facility and he didn't care what he did to the inmates. He actually wanted to be in charge of an execution before he left the mile.

Well this one day he had stepped on Mr. Jingles and killed him but Coffey picked up the mouse and life came back to Mr. Jingles. You see Paul had already been cured by Coffey for a bladder ailment a few days before. But you see this day Percy was at his worst and he was grabbed by another inmate and had pissed in his pants. He threatened everyone to secrecy and they promised to be silent if Percy would just leave.

Warden Hal Moores (James Cromwell) had confided in Paul about how bad his wife was doing with the cancer they had found. Paul wanted to help the warden's wife by bringing Coffey to the house but the warden said no. This movie is the one that gets you in the end. It takes you by surprise and it kicks you in the gut. It makes you want to get down on your hands and knees and cry like a baby. Miracles do happen. They happen everyday.

Director Frank Darabont brings you a movie that if you truly believe in miracles then you know that this could actually happen. There are many things that go on around us that we can't explain and this movie points it out to us. This is one of those movies that when you see it the first time you look forward to the next time you get a chance to see it again. So take the time to see a miracle of a film.