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The Green Mile
Short plot summary

8ft simpleton, on Death Row for the vicious murder of two little girls, seems to have supernatural powers which he uses for good while awaiting his execution...

What is the green mile?

It refers to the colour of the prison floor. Those being executed have to walk the green mile to the execution room.

What our panel of critics thought...

"I was uneasy until the very last frame in this movie, imagining the inevitable blood and giblet fest that is Stephen King Horror. Imagine my relief when the main man simply electrocuted to death... Bravisimo, not a spark or a blood curdle in sight."

"A stunning performance by Sam Rockwell who played 'Wild Bill' Wharton. Hilariously mad from start to finish."

"Am I the only one who would like to see Michael Clarke Duncan (who plays John Coffe) play alongside Verne Troyer (Mini Me)? My mouth is dripping with anticipation. It's got Twins remake written all over it."

"Never has a urinary infection been so well depicted on the big screen."

"Try as I might I could not find the name of the mouse-actor who played Mr Jangles. This is a terrible oversight."

Please tell me the ending or plot overview if necessary

John Coffe uses his powers to remove Paul Edgecomb (Tom Hanks) urinary infection, the brain tumor in the wife of Warden Hal Moores (James Cromwell), he projectile-vomits some flies into the mouth of Percy Wetmore (Doug Hutchison) - the crayzee warden - who then shoots dead 'Wild Bill' Wharton (Sam Rockwell).

John Coffe is executed to budget and on time.

The twist in the tale is that the old man in the old people's home is 104 year old Paul Edgecomb who seems to have been given a longer life because of his touching John Coffe... He goes out to feed Mr Jangles, the mouse, from the prison days... who in mouse years must be something like 800 by now...

Dr Bravisimo-Encore II Movie Review

An entertaining movie, thankfully without any blood and giblets, although one of the executees does get a good frying in the chair - a brain roasting doomed to set off smoke detectors in houses over five miles away.

The strange thing about this movie is that, in spite of its subject matter, it leaves one feeling good inside.

One is even tempted to say that this is as close to a feel good movie as prison execute-a-thons get. Even if an assured comedic triumph of electrocuting Wild Bill was missed.

A remarkable performance by Sam Rockwell as Wild Bill Wharton and satisfactory performances by everyone else and a Stephen King plot which doesn't go too far off the believable.

Quotable quotes (real)

"Yes sir boss."

"Dead man walking."

Other comments

A really good movie with some memorable performances, and situations. Whilst there are moments of electric-chair-frying-up-of-people, the effects are well done and it's a nice feel good ending.

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