Corrected entry: When Percy sabotages Del's execution, he claims he didn't know the sponge was supposed to be wet, and everyone believes him. But everyone also saw him put the sponge in the bucket. If he didn't know he was supposed to wet the sponge, why would he put the sponge in a bucket of water? The answer is because he wanted to deceive everyone, but nobody picks up on that.
Corrected entry: When John Coffey is first brought into the jail cell, he shakes Paul Edgecomb's hand. Look closely at the size of Paul's hand. It is a child's hand, to make John's hand seem much larger. But when John is in the electric chair, Paul reaches out to shake John's hand and it is now the size of a normal adult male.
Corrected entry: The paper states that the date of the execution is July 10, 1935. Then at the end of the movie you can see that Paul and John are watching a film called Top Hat. The problem is that the movie was released on August 29, 1935. They watched it just before execution so maybe July 9, 1935, and at that time the movie wasn't released.
Corrected entry: When John came in to help Howell's wife with her brain tumour if you look at the clock the dial is not on the same beat as it clicks. It almost looks like the dial is moving in slow motion. (02:11:25)
Corrected entry: When Coffey is first brought into the Green Mile and he and Edgecomb are having the "Am I going to have any trouble with you, big boy?" conversation, take a close look at Coffey's handcuffs. The cuffs are so huge he could easily slide both hands out. In fact, it almost looks like he is holding on to the handcuff chain to prevent them from falling off.
Corrected entry: Writer/Director Frank Darabont conveniently ignores the fact that Paul Edgecomb could easily have returned to Burt Hammersmith (the prosecuting attorney who got the conviction and death sentence for John Coffey) once he, Edgecomb, learned who the real killer of the Detterick girls was i.e. "Wild Bill" Wharton, and hence saved his life.
Corrected entry: When the Indian inmate (first one executed) is in the electric chair, after they've hooked him up and before they begin the electrocution they show him up close with the black hood on breathing hard. You can see that he already has the markings and blood on his forehead from the electrocution before they even begin electrocuting him.
Corrected entry: At around 2 hours and 5 minutes into the film, Hanks has just come back from the place where the man was executed without a wet sponge. He looks up and notices the light is smashed, and all the lights are out. He walks up to one cage, then over to John (the magical healing man), and you can see in this shot, all the lights are now back on and not one is smashed.
Corrected entry: They needed to keep the mercy mission silent, so Percy was locked up and Wild Bill was drugged in his cell. So what became of the prisoner who was very rude to the warders about Mae West? He wasn't executed in the film and seems to have just vanished from his cell. Only two prisoners were executed.
Corrected entry: When the guards are drinking Royal Crown Cola on The Mile they put the bottles on the desk, when Tom Hanks goes to give William "Wild Bill" Wharton a drink, when it cuts back to Brutus, Dean and Harry the bottle labels have moved. None of the guards would have moved the bottles because they were focusing on Wild Bill to make sure he drank his drink. (01:57:21)
Corrected entry: When the guards are setting up to sneak John out, they go to the office Percy is in with the intent to lock him up. When Percy realizes what's about to happen to him, he tries to jump the desk to get away. Watch closely when he does. He has a book in his hands just before, and it disappears in the next immediate shot, leaving both hands free so he can jump the desk. It is implied that he threw the book, but you can see the book literally disappear with no time to throw it anywhere.
Corrected entry: When Coffey takes Edgecomb's hand and makes him see what happened to the two little girls, Edgecomb sees the killer enter the enclosed porch and step over a doll and some blocks just inside the doorway. But earlier in the film, when the girls' father and brother go looking for them, there are no toys at all near the same porch door. (Note: The doll found by the girls' father is not the same one that was on the porch, so it cannot be argued that one of the girls took the doll and later dropped it).