Year of Release: 1999
Director: Frank Darabont
Approx. Running Time: 188 minutes
My Rating: 4 stars (Out of 5)
From Back Cover:
"UNQUESTIONABLY THE BEST PICTURE OF THE YEAR."
-David Sheehan, CBS-TV
Miracles happen in unexpected places, even in the death-row cellblock at Cold Mountain Penitentiary. There John Coffey, a gentle giant of a prisoner with supernatural powers, brings a sense of spirit and humanity to his guards and fellow inmates.
Tom Hanks leads a stellar ensemble (including Michael Clarke Duncan as John Coffey) in this emotional, uplifting story of guards and captives; husbands and wives; prisoners and a remarkable mouse named Mr. Jingles; and, on anothe level, of a moviemaker and his source. That filmmaker is Frank Darabont, who returns after his 1994 directorial debut The Shawshank Redemption to adapt another tale by Stephen King into a stirring, crowd-pleasing entertainment nominated for 4 Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
Just like the director's previous offering (yet another Stephen King tale) The Shawshank Redemption, Frank Darabont gives the audience an emotional and moving tale of a man who is falsely accused - and convicted - of a horrible crime. It is both heartwarming and heartbreaking, laugh-out-loud funny and cringe-in-your-seat disturbing. A masterpiece.
Rated R (MPAA)