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Plot, Details & Awards

The Green Mile

Rated R for violence, language and some sex-related material.

R In Theaters 12/10/1999 , 187min.
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Plot & Details

Director Frank Darabont, who made an acclaimed feature film debut with The Shawshank Redemption (1994), based on a Stephen King novel set in a prison, returns for a second feature, based on King's 1996 serialized novel set in a prison. In 1935, inmates at the Cold Mountain Correctional Facility call Death Row "The Green Mile" because of the dark green linoleum that tiles the floor. Paul Edgecomb (Tom Hanks) is the head guard on the Green Mile when a new inmate is brought into his custody: John Coffey (Michael Clarke Duncan), convicted of the sadistic murder of two young girls. Despite his size and the fearsome crimes for which he's serving time, Coffey seems to be a kind and well-mannered person who behaves more like an innocent child than a hardened criminal. Soon Edgecomb and two of his fellow guards, Howell (David Morse) and Stanton Barry Pepper), notice something odd about Coffey: he's able to perform what seem to be miracles of healing among his fellow inmates, leading them to wonder just what sort of person he could be, and if he could have committed the crimes with which he was charged. The Green Mile also stars James Cromwell as the warden; Michael Jeter, Sam Rockwell, and Graham Greene as inmates awaiting dates with the electric chair; and Harry Dean Stanton as a clever trustee.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1999 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Frank Darabont Nominated
1999 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Robert J. Litt Nominated
1999 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Supporting Actor Michael Clarke Duncan Nominated
1999 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Elliot Tyson Nominated
1999 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Willie D. Burton Nominated
1999 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture David Valdes Nominated
1999 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Adapted Screenplay Frank Darabont Nominated
1999 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Michael Herbick Nominated

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1999 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture Michael Clarke Duncan Nominated

Broadcast Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1999 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actor Michael Clarke Duncan Won
1999 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Adapted Screenplay Frank Darabont Won

Directors Guild of America

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1999 Directors Guild of America Best Director - Feature Film Frank Darabont Nominated

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