The Green Mile tells about the worst of people and the best of God's intent. This movie is based on the several story stories by Steven King that tell the story of Paul, a strange little mouse, and John Coffee. Paul is played by Tom Hanks in this surprisingly touching movie. Paul was a prison guard during the 1930's at a prison. He is the leader of the crew on death role known as the Green Mile. He is recalling all the events from a nursing home having long retired for being a prison guard. John Coffee is convicted of killing and raping two little girls and is sent to death. Coffee is huge is size. His hands can easily crush a person yet there is gentleness and sadness to him.
Percy another guard is a bad man. He kills the mouse of another inmate and John Coffee is able to bring it back to life. Percy messed up the execution of a prisoner and makes him suffer more then he should have. Paul knows there is something it special about Coffee when he cues his urinary tract infection by just a touch. John Coffee then spits out some black bug like things that may be the illness. The guards even sneak Coffee out of prison to cure the warden's wife who is dying. He sucks the black bug like things out of her and she in fine.
Paul does a little investigating and finds out that John Coffee did not hurt the girls. He found them dead and tried to bring them back to life. Another death role inmate raped and killed the girls but no one will open the investigation to save John Coffee. Percy gets insulted by this man and ends up killing him. Percy then ends up in a mental hospital himself.
Paul and his fellow guards are required to execute John Coffee. For many of them this was the last execution they would attend. Coffee wanted to go home and he was able to be at peace. Paul finishes the story from a nursing home confessing to his lady friend that he is over one hundred years old. John Coffee's touch has kept him safe over the years.
During their time shooting "The Green Mile," Michael Clarke Duncan related a story about his childhood to Tom Hanks. The story made an impact with Hanks apparently, as he told the story at Duncan's memorial service, cracking up the crowd. Watch the eulogy here.
A big, big voice has been silence. Cut down in July by a heart attack from which he never fully recovered, actor Michael Clarke Duncan has died today in Los Angels. He was 54 years old. Duncan, a former bodyguard, received his greatest recognition with an Oscar nomination for his supporting turn in Frank Darabont's "The Green Mile."
Duncan and reality star Omarosa had been planning to tie the knot only a few months from now before his sad death on Monday destroyed plans to wed and start a family.