The Green Mile

Corrected entry: When John Coffey holds Edgecomb's hand to give him a 'view' of the evil of Wild Bill; we are shown a scene of the little girl's father shingling a roof. He is using galvanized roofing nails, something that wasn't yet in use in the nineteen thirties.

Correction: Galvanized nails have been in use for centuries. The earliest, crudest nails were made in the Roman Empire, and have been found in ships and excavations dating back to 500 AD. America has had galvanized nail factories since 1819.

Corrected entry: You'd think prison guards on Death Row would have known a little more about safe restraints, the way they bind and gag Percy would eventually kill him. They stuff a handkerchief all the way into his mouth, then tape his mouth closed. The gag reflex is going to suck the handkerchief into his windpipe and suffocate him in about three of four minutes.

Correction: Not everyone even has a gag reflex, and it is easy, though not comfortable to push the handkerchief forward into the mouth with the tongue. You can see Percy breathing through his nose, so he's not running out of air. The other guards had no intention of leaving him in the cell for a long time, only long enough to teach him a lesson.

Corrected entry: In the scene where Percy was placed in a straightjacket and locked into solitary confinement, the other guards tape his mouth shut with clear plastic tape. Such tape didn't exist in the 30's.

Correction: Scotch tape was invented in 1930 by Richard Drew, an employee of 3M, and transparent cellulose tape invented in 1935.

Corrected entry: When they are drugging Wild Bill, Wild Bill gets up off of his mattress on the floor to go to the bars of his cell. When the drugs kick in, he goes and lays down in his cell on a bed with a mattress on it.

Correction: Since he is sitting on the bed with the mattress after drinking the drugged soda, its logical to assume that he moved the mattress back onto the bed.


Corrected entry: When Detterick is shouting for his daughters, he calls them Karla and Cora. In the written report that Edgecomb is reading, however, the girls' names are Kathy and Cora.

Correction: Detterick's daughters names are Katie and Cora which is what he shouts when he is looking for them.

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Corrected entry: Shortly after the execution run by Percy Edgecomb and his wife drink RC Cola and eat fried chicken out of a plastic food container. Containers like these did not exist in the 30's.

Correction: The chicken is in a glass baking dish, it is not plastic.

Corrected entry: Edgecomb sees that Del is watching him with the help of a small hand mirror, something death-row prisoners certainly aren't allowed to have because of the danger for themselves or others. (00:54:30)


Correction: Although probably forbidden, this would be at the discretion of Tom Hanks who figured Del was not a danger to himself or others.


Corrected entry: During the scene when the guards are about to spray Wild Bill with the hose, Bill takes off his belt and wraps it around his hand, ready for a fight. The problem with this is that death row prisoners aren't even allowed to have shoelaces, let alone belts. They could hurt someone else or try to kill themselves with it. (01:15:00)

Correction: The "no-belt" rule wasn't implemented until 20 years after this movie takes place. Death row inmates in those days did most certainly have belts and shoelaces.

Corrected entry: When they squirt Wild Bill with the hose, he is wearing blue jeans. But in the next shot when they are dragging him out of his cell all wet, he is wearing black and white prison trousers.

Correction: He is actually wearing the black and white prison trousers all the way through. I thought he was wearing jeans when I first watched it also.

Corrected entry: It is strange that Edgecomb's team is on duty every time something happens in E block, day or night, as if they worked 24-hour shifts 7 days a week.


Correction: The story is told through Tom Hanks' character. he tells of HIS experiances and the strange goings on when HE is working on the E block. he would be working more often as he seemed to be in charge of the block. Anything happening another time we just never see.

Corrected entry: Right before the guards drug Bill with the drink, Bill wakes up with his mattress on the floor and the rest of his bed leaning up against the wall because he trashed his room during Del's execution. After he drinks the drink and passes out, his bed is back together again. (01:57:55)

Correction: There's plenty of time for them to fix his room up again, it just isn't shown.


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.

Correction: If you think about it, in the time period and location the movie was set in, no way could Paul Edgecombe have gone to the prosecuting attorney with the evidence he had and gotten John Coffey a new trial. He was a black man convicted of the brutal rape and murder of two little white girls. In the early to mid 20th century in the south, there was no way that conviction would have been overturned on the evidence that was in Paul Edgecombe's possession.

Corrected entry: When Tom Hanks and the other guards are drinking in the prison by the desk the Budweiser beer is from this day and age not 65 years ago.

Correction: They are actually drinking Royal Crown Cola not Budweiser. You can see the label in a slightly later scene.

Corrected entry: Tom Hanks is walking down the corridor after the night of the execution,and he steps on a broken glass bulb. In the next scene all the bulbs are intact and working.

Correction: If you look closely, one bulb is broken.

Corrected entry: In the scene where the big black man has healed the woman with cancer and she has got up to give him a necklace the woman who is thin has to unclip the necklace from around her neck, but then she just slides it over the big black mans head, which is much bigger than the woman's.

Correction: Getting it caught in your hair would really hurt - she's just taking precautions.

Factual error: Tom Hanks refers to an Intensive Care Unit, and although a few physicians had already discovered the practice of separating the sickest patients into a separate ward in the 1930's, the term Intensive Care Unit was not yet in use.

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Paul Edgecomb: On the day of my judgment, when I stand before God, and He asks me why did I kill one of his true miracles, what am I gonna say? That it was my job? My job?
John Coffey: You tell God the Father it was a kindness you done. I know you hurtin' and worryin', I can feel it on you, but you oughta quit on it now. Because I want it over and done. I do. I'm tired, boss. Tired of bein' on the road, lonely as a sparrow in the rain. Tired of not ever having me a buddy to be with, or tell me where we's coming from or going to, or why. Mostly I'm tired of people being ugly to each other. I'm tired of all the pain I feel and hear in the world everyday. There's too much of it. It's like pieces of glass in my head all the time. Can you understand?
Paul Edgecomb: Yes, John. I think I can.

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Trivia: In order for Michael Clarke Duncan to look like he's 7ft as in the book, they made him many different things such as walking on a wooden plank throughout the film and making a smaller electric chair just for him. When he's seen with the two dead little girls, they're actually a 7th smaller then the real girls to make him look much bigger.

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