Green Mile, The

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +3

Content: -3

How could he participate in killing one of God's miracles of nature? The question haunts Paul Edgecomb (Tom Hanks), head guard at Cold Mountain Penitentiary's Death Row. When John Coffey (Michael Clarke Duncan) is escorted into "the green mile," nickname for the lime green floor to the execution chamber, Paul knows he is different. This seven-foot inmate was convicted for the heinous rape and murder of two little girls. But in a dramatic incident, Paul finds out that the simple, childlike man is not only incapable of taking life but has the power to give life and to heal. When the warden's (James Cromwell) wife (Patricia Clarkson) is struck with a terminal illness, the prison guards devise a scheme to get John's healing power to her before it's too late...for her and John. Academy Award winner Tom Hanks reaches for another possible Oscar in THE GREEN MILE, but audiences are likely to fall in love with Michael Clarke Duncan, a newcomer to the silver screen.

John Coffey has a gift of spreading life and taking away pain and suffering. But the pain in this world is often more than he can bear. His childlike faith and sensitivity allows him to see and feel the suffering of others. But the cruel world he has spent his life helping is now going to kill him for a crime he didn't commit. While innocent, he welcomes a death sentence with a calm assurance that his time on earth is done. Sound familiar? With strong parallels to the biblical redemption story of Jesus, discerning viewers will find the story fascinating but the many obscenities and profanities in the dialogue are disappointing. Also, several graphic execution scenes in the electric chair are disturbing and difficult to watch. Gratuitous, gruesome violence and needless foul language make THE GREEN MILE unredeemable.

Preview Reviewer: Cliff McNeely
Warner Brothers, 4000 Warner Blvd., Burbank, CA 91522

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Many (33) times - Mild 17, Moderate 16

Obscene Language: Many (28) times - f word 10, s word 9, other 9

Profanity: Many (28) times - Regular 22 (C 4, J 3, GD 10, for C sake 1, Dear J 1, G 1, JC 1), Exclamatory 6 (My G, Oh My G, Oh G)

Violence: Several times - Graphic and severe (bloody bodies of murdered girls, man's fingers broken with club, several disturbing executions - one goes wrong, man clubbed in head, violent scuffle - guard strangled, prisoner shot repeatedly, man grabbed by throat)

Sex: Once - married couple (sounds heard from house, man/woman shown in bed afterwards)

Nudity: Once (man's rear shown while dressing); Near Nudity: Once (man/woman under sheets)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Crude comments from prisoner, innuendo about married couple's sex drive)

Drugs: Prisoner drugged, social drinking

Other: Guard shown urinating, prisoner urinates on guard, irreverent mock prayer, derogatory racial term used by prisoner, redemption story of a good man unjustly sentenced to die

Running Time: 182 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

Click HERE for a PRINTER-FRIENDLY version of this review.