“Even Miracles Can Happen on Death Row…”
The Green Mile is a 1996 serial novel by American writer Stephen King. It tells the story of death row supervisor Paul Edgecombe’s encounter with John Coffey, an unusual inmate who displays healing magical ability. The original novel was originally released in six volumes before being re-published as a single-volume written story. The book focuses primarily on the issue of miscarriage of justice; but also subtly examines racial inequality and prejudice in the United States during the Great Depression. The plot centres around a Louisiana State Penitentiary where prisoners await execution in a part of the prison referred to as”The Green Mile” ; the book is an example of magical realism.
It was turned into a film fantasy crime drama directed by Frank Darabont (who also directed “The Shawshank Redemption”) featuring Tom Hanks and Michael Clarke- Duncan in the lead roles; with David Morse, Barry Pepper, Doug Hutchison, Sam Rockwell, Bonnie Hunt, Gary Sinise, Graham Greene, Harry Dean Stanton and the great James Cromwell in supporting roles.
It is no coincidence that John Coffey’s initials are J.C. , as he says “I can see into peoples hearts, boss”.
It became a commercial success, and grossed over $290 million from its budget of $60 million and was nominated for four Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor for Duncan, and Best Adapted Screenplay among the awards it received.
Michael Clarke Duncan died in 2012 of a heart attack after making over 55 Films and over 40 Television productions.