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The Green Mile is a fantasy film made in 1999, starring Tom Hanks (Paul Edgecomb) and Michael Clarke Duncan (John Coffey). Edgecomb is a guard working in a prison that is filled with convicted murderers and rapists that are sent to 'The Green Mile' to wait for the day of their execution. The prison is turned upside down when Coffey comes there. He is a huge man that everyone fears, although he would never hurt a fly. He was sent to prison for a crime he did not commit: murder and rape of two young girls. Everyone avoids him because they are scared of him, but they soon realize that he is a very special man who possesses the ability to cure dead and dying people and animals by taking away their sickness and transforming it into his own. He is very simple and kind which we can deduce from his request addressed to Edgecomb: ‘’ Do you leave a light on after bedtime? Because I get a little scared in the dark sometimes. If it's a strange place.'' We immediately realize that he could never hurt anyone, which is exactly the opposite of the first impression we get when we first meet this giant. The choice of actors was done brilliantly; no other actor I can think of would have made such a strong effect on the audience. The film is an adaptation of one of Stephen King’s books and having read some of them, I know that sometimes King’s characters are strange and very hard to come by in real life or mimic, but here the perfect actor was chosen. Also the role of Edgecomb was filled perfectly, Hanks is great for the part. He is a strict prison guard with a soft spot for good people. After realizing what a gift Coffey possesses, he talk to him about his pending execution, trying to find a way to save him. This is what he says: ‘’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?'' This…...

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