Tom Hanks has scored a number of successful roles during his career as one of Hollywood’s most sought-after actors. Hanks has starred in one of the best films to hit the big screen, Forrest Gump, and other fun movies such as Sleepless in Seattle. During the course of his extraordinary career, Hanks has received numerous accolades and awards for his performances in a number of movies. Currently, one of his high-respected movies, The Green Mile, is streaming on Netflix, and is a highly popular choice for fans and viewers.
The Green Mile was initially released in theaters back in 1999, and starred a list of talented actors, including Tom Hanks, Michael Clark Duncan, David Morse, and Sam Rockwell. The premise follows the story of police guards and prisoners on death row. Tom Hanks played the role of a death row prison guard named Paul Edgecomb and sees unexplained and supernatural events from one of the prisoners. The prisoner with the supernatural gift is John Coffey, played by Michael Clark Duncan. Coffey is on death row due to being charged and arrested for raping and murdering two young girls. Hanks’s character witnesses Coffey magically healing another prisoner’s infection and also bringing another person back to life. It is soon realized and clearly understood that Coffey has the power to heal people. However, later on in the film, Paul Edgecomb soon finds out that Coffey is an innocent man and offers to set him free to escape death row.
Then something surprising happens. Coffey denies the release, believing that the world is a place he doesn’t want to be a part of. The end of the film shows the execution of Coffey, which adds to the drama of the film. The Green Mile embodies drama and deeper meanings in regards to life and humans. The performances from the cast, including Tom Hanks and Michael Clark Duncan, garnered a significant amount of critical acclaim. The film had a budget of $60 million and overall made around $286 million at the box office. The movie received a list of nominations, including an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture and Best Supporting Actor for Michael Clark Duncan.
The Green Mile was actually based on a novel of the same title written by the iconic Stephen King. The actors on the film gave passionate performances and gave it their all in portraying the characters they were given. According to Den of Geek, David Morse, who played another guard alongside Tom Hanks, discussed his role and having the opportunity to work on the film. “I read the script, and obviously the script was fantastic, but it was important to me to be a part of it,” Morse stated in an interview. The premise of the story is indeed very interesting and unique, and brought in a large audience when the movie was released in theaters. Even to this day, the film is still talked about and put on streaming sites such as Netflix for viewers to have the chance to watch the well made film.
Stephen King was definitely thrilled to have his novel released on the big screen. Of course, a number of King’s novels have been portrayed on the screen, including the iconic film, The Shining. According to Screen Rant, King had an interview with Bangor Daily News, where he had a long discussion about The Green Mile. In a time where remakes and sequels seem to be a popular choice in Hollywood, King made it clear that The Green Mile shouldn’t be given a remake. “I wouldn’t care to see Shawshank or The Green Mile remade, and I’m doubtful about the proposed Christine remake,” King stated.
The Green Mile is one of those films that should definitely stand on its own and is naturally a classic. Films like The Green Mile usually will keep a close group of fans and will be closely studied for its detailed screenplay and incredible acting performances. Tom Hanks and the rest of the cast did an amazing job of bringing the story to life, and giving the audience a different perspective on the meaning and importance of life. Currently, the movie has an audience score of 94% on Rotten Tomatoes, and has a high rating of 8.6 on IMDb. The movie is currently streaming on Netflix, so if you want to delve into a dramatic film that leaves you in deep thought, The Green Mile is definitely a perfect choice to sit in and watch.