The Green Mile takes place mostly through the eyes of a corrections officer played by Tom Hanks. The Green Mile has a great way of telling the story over the course of a few flashbacks that are told by an elderly man that we find out later is a corrections officer in a nursing home retelling the story. As he tells the story you hear about a lot of supernatural events that happen after the arrival of Coffey, who was a convicted murderer who arrived on death row. The year was 1935 when he was a corrections officer in charge of death row inmates in Louisiana's Cold Mountain Penitentiary. The death row was called The Green Mile because the prisoners that were walking to be executed were said to be walking the last mile, which was on a stretch of green linoleum. The chair that they were on there way to (the electric chair), was called Old Sparky, and it would be the last chair they ever sat in. As the story goes on, you learn that Coffey is in there as a black man convicted of raping and killing two young white girls. The man shows himself as a gentle giant and has healing powers. Over the course of the movie he uses his healing powers to heal many people, and even though he is convected of raping the women, you begin to feel sorry for this man. This is a movie that has you pulling for the bad guy.
The Green Mile is a great film and is a must see for anyone who is a fan of Steven King books. The movie does a great job at telling the story, and you do not have to read the book to be able to enjoy the movie, The Green Mile. However, I am going to tell you that I always like reading the book before I watch the movie. I do, however, feel that this is one of those movies that you do not need to read the book first. This is a movie that you will want to add to your DVD collection without even thinking twice about it. This is one of the best movies I have ever seen, and you should watch it too. I am sure you will love it as well.