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Green Mile, The (1999)

As the story begins, a very old man begins to relate his story to a friend at a nursing home.

He tells his companion about the Cold Mountain Penitentiary in Louisiana, where the events he speaks about took place in 1935.

The head guard is a reasonable man named Paul Edgecomb (Tom Hanks), and among his prisoners is a native American Indian called Arlen Bitterbuck (Graham Greene), who like greenmilemany others is about to go to the electric chair.

One of the other prisoners is a seven-foot-tall gentle giant called John Coffey (Michael Duncan), who has been convicted of raping and murdering two little blonde girls in the deep south (you just know he didn’t do it).

After a series of unusual events take place, Edgecomb begins to wonder whether Coffey has special healing powers, to the extent that he feels John can help Melinda (Patricia Clarkson), the cancer-stricken wife of the prison’s warden (James Cromwell).

However, time is running out for John Coffey, since he too has a date with the electric chair.

Edgecomb, who has no stomach for frying John, says, “What will I tell God when he asks why I killed one of his angels?”.

The worst villain, after prisoner Billy Wharton (Sam Rockwell in maniac overdrive), is the guard Percy Wetmore (nice, nasty work by Doug Hutchison), who squashes Mr Jingles – a mouse that the prisoners regard as a pet.

Michael Duncan passed away in 2012 from a cardiac arrest. He was just 54.

Paul Edgecomb
Tom Hanks
John Coffey
Michael Duncan
Brutus ‘Brutal’ Howell
David Morse
Jan Edgecomb
Bonnie Hunt
Percy Wetmore
Doug Hutchison
Warden Hal Moores
James Cromwell
Melinda Moores
Patricia Clarkson
Eduard ‘Del’ Delacroix
Michael Jeter
Arlen Bitterbuck
Graham Greene
William ‘Wild Bill’ Wharton
Sam Rockwell
Dean Stanton
Barry Pepper
Harry Terwilliger
Jeffrey Demunn
Toot-Toot
Harry Dean Stanton
Elaine Connelly
Eve Brent
Klaus Detterick
William Sadler
Marjorie Detterick
Paula Malcomson
Howie Detterick
Christopher Ives
Kathe Detterick
Evanne Drucker
Cora Detterick
Bailey Drucker
Sheriff McGee
Brian Libby
Bill Dodge
Brent Briscoe
Jack Van Hay
Bill Mckinney
Burt Hammersmith
Gary Sinise
Cynthia Hammersmith
Rachel Singer

Director
Frank Darabont