The Green Mile is a story told by former Louisiana prison guard Paul Edgecomb, played by Tom Hanks, as he lives in a retirement home in the twilight of his years. He begins to relay his memories of his time as a guard and the different characters he has come across. He expresses his true feelings when he has to watch someone die in the electric chair and his disgust at the way some of the other guards almost looked forward to executions. Then Edgecomb tells the story of a prisoner named John Coffey, played by Michael Clarke Duncan, who was an eight foot tall monster of a man that was accused of killing two boys. As Edgecomb got to know Coffey he realized that Coffey is about as gentile as a person can be and despite his huge size and menacing look he still needed the lights on to be able to sleep at night. Over time Edgecomb began to realize that Coffey had special powers to heal and to also extend people’s lives. Coffey befriends a little mouse he calls Mr. Jingles and heals several people during his stay in prison including the warden’s wife. In the end Edgecomb comes to realize that Coffey is innocent and does what he can to help the big man out.
The Green Mile was a huge box office success and also earned four Oscar nominations including an nomination for Michael Clarke Duncan for best supporting actor. The Green Mile was a wonderful way for Stephen King to showcase his range and talents as an overall writer and not just a writer of horror. But we all have our comfort zone and Stephen King returned to his comfort zone with the recent release of his horror story 1408 about a haunted hotel. Ah Stephen King and his stories about haunted hotels.