The Green Mile (1999)
Genre: Crime. Drama, Fantasy
Director: Frank Darabront (The Walking Dead)
Writers: Stephen King and Frank Darabront
Starring: Tom Hanks, Michael Clarke Duncan, Bonnie Hunt, Sam Rockwell,
A group of guards in charge of death row have their loves impacted by John Coffey, a black man who has been charged as a child rape and murder. John happens to have some very special gifts which forever changes the lives of those around him.
This film is very powerful. One of the best that I’ve ever seen. Michael Clarke Duncan (RIP-such a great talent) and Tom Hanks are phenomenal in their roles. This film will fill you to the brim with joy and hope, but also break your heart at times. It’s one of those films that you watch and it stays with you for a while. Makes you question humanity and how we treat one another. (Personally, it makes me want to be a better person, and it may very have helped me in my life.)
There are concepts with deep roots here, racism, illness, life and death, god and heaven. good and evil people, the values of humanity.
If I made a top five best films of the 1990’s, I’m fairly certain this film would make the list.