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The Green Mile

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"The book was better" has been the complaint of many a reader since the invention of movies. Frank Darabont's second adaptation of a Stephen King prison drama (The Shawshank Redemption was the first) is a very faithful adaptation of King's serial novel. In the middle of the Depression, Paul Edgecomb (Tom Hanks) runs death row at Cold Mountain Penitentiary. Into this dreary world walks a mammoth prisoner, John Coffey (Michael Duncan) who, very slowly, reveals a special gift that will change the men working and dying (in the electric chair, masterfully and grippingly staged) on the mile . As with King's book, Darabont takes plenty of time to show us Edgecomb's world before delving into John Coffey's mystery. With Darabont's superior storytelling abilities, his touch for perfect casting, and a leisurely 188-minute running time, his movie brings to life nearly every character and scene from the novel. Darabont even improves the novel's two endings, creating a more emotionally satisfying experience. The running time may try patience, but those who want a story, as opposed to quick-fix entertainment, will be rewarded by this finely tailored tale. 
--Doug Thomas 

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Miracles happen in unexpected places, even in the death-row cellblock at Cold Mountain Penitentiary.  There John Coffey, a gentle giant of a prisoner with supernatural powers, brings a sense of spirit and humanity to his guards and fellow inmates.

Tom Hanks leads a stellar ensemble (including Michael Clarke Duncan as Coffey) in this emotional, uplifting story of guards and captives; husbands and wives; prisoners and a remarkable mouse named Mr. Jingles; and, on another level, of a moviemaker and his source.  That filmmaker is Frank Darabont, who returns after his 1994 directorial debut The Shawshank Redemption to adapt another tale by Stephen King into a stirring, crowd-pleasing entertainment nominated for 4 Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

DVD Scene Index
1. Same as always (Charmaine). 28. The deal.
2. Overcome (Cheek to Cheek). 29. Final arrangements
3. 1935 (Old Alabama). 30. Task undone.
4. Dead man walking. 31. Haywire.
5. Leave the light on? 32. All that hurt.
6. Coffey's story. 33. A good day (Did You Ever See a Dream Walking?).
7. Percy squeals. 34. The Coffey plot.
8. Paul and Jan (Old-Fashioned Love). 35. All in.
9. Little visitor. 36. Payback for Percy.
10. Percy meets the mouse. 37. Bad man's grasp.
11. Rehearsal. 38. To help a lady.
12. Arlen's best time. 39. The warden's house.
13. Execution. 40. Melinda's bedside.
14. What Percy wants. 41. "I dreamed of you."
15. A circus mouse. 42. Percy's release.
16. Sad news. 43. Sentence carried out.
17. Night's unrest. 44. Paul sees for himself.
18. Wild Bill arrives. 45. Percy gets his wish.
19. Coffey takes it back. 46. No way out (Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams [And Dream Your Troubles Away]).
20. Feels great (I Can't Give You Anything but Love). 47. Tired.
21. Hammersmith's warning. 48. In heaven (Cheek to Cheek).
22. Several times pleased (Three Little Words). 49. Afraid of the dark.
23. Wild Bill's lessons. 50. Kill what they love.
24. Showtime. 51. An old friend.
25. Just playing. 52. My punishment.
26. Percy strikes. 53. End Credits.
27. Reborn.

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