Miracle mile

The Green Mile (1999), directed by Frank Darabont

Frank Darabont's The Green Mile, like his directorial debut, The Shawshank Redemption, is about prison, death row and miracles. It's particularly about the healing power of convicted killer John Coffey. The film's meticulous, measured tone screams "Oscar worthy." For audiences longing for uplifting old-style Hollywood entertainment, that's inviting stuff. To a more jaded generation, another earnest Tom Hanks performance may seem cloying and annoying. Still, the movie delivers powerhouse performances, miraculous plot twists and a satisfying murder mystery.


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