The Green Mile

The Green Mile (1999)

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Melinda is saved from brain cancer. John Coffey punishes Percy (for sabotaging Del's execution) and Wild Bill (for raping and murdering two little girls) by putting Melinda's cancer stuff into Percy, making Percy shoot Wild Bill and leaving Percy as a vegetable.John gets electrocuted, even though he is innocent. When he touches Paul Edgcombe's hand to show him what Wild Bill had done, some of John's power transferred to Paul. Some of John's power also passed into Mr. Jingles, Del's mouse. Back in the present day, Paul Edgecombe and Mr. Jingles are still alive. Paul is 108, and has had to see all of his loved ones die over the years. The film ends with Paul waiting (and wishing) for death.

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Quotes

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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Mistakes

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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Trivia

In the movie John Coffey has sort of a "messiah"-like role. His initials J.C might be a reference to Jesus Christ, as this is very fitting for his role. [This is a not-so-subtle attempt which places Paul Edgecomb in the role of Pontius Pilate]

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