Description of Film:
This movie tells the story of an innocent black
man, John Coffey (Michael Clark Duncan, Sin
City, The Scorpian King, Armageddon) who is
convicted of two heinous murders and imprisoned
on Death Row. The guards at the penitentiary,
led by Paul Edgecomb (Tom Hanks, The Da Vinci
Code, Cast Away, Saving Private Ryan ) soon
discover that Coffey possesses an incredible
gift - - he can heal people. The gentle Coffey
changes the guards’ lives and makes them
face a moral dilemma: how can an innocent man
who possesses the gift of life be put to death?
The Green Mile was nominated for four Academy
Awards in 2000: Best Actor in a Supporting Role,
Best Picture, Best Sound, Best Writing (Best
Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced
or Published). It also was nominated for 23
other national awards and won 13 of these.
The Green Mile is based on a novel written
by Stephen King. This movie is rated R for violence,
language and some sex-related material.
Why I Recommend This Film:
This movie is like a fairy-tale mixed
of real drama and problems of the ‘30s.
A large problem of the ‘30s, which is
apparent in this movie, consists of negative
race relations between African-Americans and
Caucasians. You will fall for John Coffey’s
(Michael Duncan) sense of sincerity and willingness
to help others, even though his humanitarian
actions wind him up in the penitentiary and
on death row.
Why This Film is Important:
This movie teaches us to look inside of
a person and not at their physical appearance.
At this time, Caucasians were seen to be as
upstanding citizens. However, in a reality,
one of the Caucasian guards was the meanest
man in the movie. And then there was Duncan,
an African-American who was a very sincere and
kindhearted person; he was always willing to
help out others before himself. This movie teaches
us to embrace differences and look past the
hatred that one may feel for someone because
of his or her race.
“Miracles happen in the most unexpected
places.” - - This reminds me of a scene
that happens in the movie, which I will not
give away. But taking it to the character that
Michael Duncan embodies, he was such a giant
man, but was a very gentle giant. Even though
he was mistakenly on death row, he was a compassionate
for others, whether they were humans or animals.
“Walk a mile you’ll never forget.”-
- This was said when Duncan was being led to
the execution chair. But to me, this means walking
in the shoes of someone that you know will make
an impact on you, no matter what others may
say. Try to involve yourself in the life that
they are living and take something back and
apply it to your own life.